Owen Jones: Now we find out the real cost of austerity – our lives cut short | Owen Jones

Cuts have almost certainly halted a rise in life expectancy. Our social order is bankrupt. We don’t just need a new government, we need a new way to organise society

• Owen Jones is a Guardian columnist

An ideologically driven programme of cuts is almost certainly robbing us of life. Consistently rising life expectancy should be something we all take for granted. The UK, after all, is one of the wealthiest societies that has ever existed in human history. There are continuing dramatic improvements in medicine and technology. And yet new research by an ex-government adviser, Sir Michael Marmot, suggests that the rise in life expectancy – a constant trend for a hundred years – has stalled since 2010. What happened that year, exactly? Was that not when David Cameron, George Osborne and their Lib Dem stooges began slashing public services with a false economic pretext?

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