The Pitfalls of Populism

There’s a very odd debate going on in the UK at the moment, between two words that no-one uses in everyday talk, but have polarised the country. The words are “shirker” and “striver”. Ask yourself if you have ever used either of these in ordinary conversation. It’s unlikely. How then, can these phrases encapsulate a hugely significant argument about social security, work, effort and reward? Continue reading