LETTER : Collective security, not benefit scrounging

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The Independent Online
I FOUND the first part of your series on the future stimulating. But I wish you had a better worked-out idea of how change comes about in society. For example, Geoff Mulgan of Demos tells us that it takes a long time for any real change to take place. This sounds like the age-old excuse of Labour governments to explain why they can't do anything.

In reality, change proceeds by way of enormous social explosions followed by quiet periods and then further explosions. For example, 10 years ago I would never have dreamt of faxing this letter to you. Now I would not dream of doing anything else.

George J Harney

London NW2

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