Martin Daunton

Martin Daunton is professor of economic history at Cambridge. The author of Just Taxes: The Politics of Taxation in Britain 1914-79, he is completing Wealth and Welfare: An Economic and Social History of Britain 1851-1951.

Dear Prudence: The pension crisis

Martin Daunton, 19 February 2004

The trend in most industrial societies is away from the public funding of pensions and towards private, commercial provision. Robin Blackburn describes the finance companies selling pension schemes as a new form of tax farmer, offering dubious deals in return for tax subsidies and lavish commissions. The analogy indicates the tenor of his thinking: tax farmers contributed to the lack of...

Do the authors of this volume of the Cambridge Urban History know how gloomy a book they have written? Pessimism suffuses these pages from start almost to finish. ‘Why have so many of...

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One of the few growth areas in Britain today is the Thatcher industry. Battalions of journalists, political scientists and ‘contemporary historians’ are busily exploiting the...

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