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Labourís vision has a commonsense jewel at its heart: universal services | Frances Ryan

In a country where poor people are doing DIY dentistry, the idea has a human as well as financial valueWhen Labour releases its manifesto on Thursday, all eyes will be on the policies, from high-speed broadband, scrapping prescription charges and ending tuition fees to free dental check-ups. Whatís really interesting, though, isnít the policies themselves but the principle that binds them: universal services.Be it healthcare or access to the internet, the message that comes with these measures is one of collective politics Ė the notion that the state has a duty to provide top-rate services for all, and that a society is better when it pools resources to ensure no one misses out. Continue reading...

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Source: guardian.co.uk