Goodbye to all that

The solid social bonds of 50 years ago have been replaced by division, anger, distrust and anxiety. Alessandra Buonfino and Geoff Mulgan on Britain’s ‘quiet crisis’ of unhappiness

Wednesday January 18, 2006
The Guardian

Neighbours chat in Birmingham, 1954
Neighbours chat in Birmingham, 1954. Photograph: Getty

Britain, by and large, is a contented society. But for all the huge social advances of the past 50 years, it is clear that some things have gone badly awry. We have become a less integrated society: more divided by class, income and geography. Inequalities persist, our lives are more fractured. The social fabric has been stretched, bruised and damaged. We prosper, economically, but we suffer, too, from a quiet crisis of unhappiness.

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  1. Snow

    Hi I was thinking aboutthis thing that I wish everyone could be more informed about… It’s this Sidewinder thing that is listed on my good things list… Its about how rich Chinese infiltrate with spies and do lots of deals to manipulate canadian politics and report back to their communist leaders… I’ve been learning about communism lately , its odd they never taught that stuff to us in school…. Anyway the whole thing is crazy and I cant beleive China is totally a facist dictatorship and people dont like to notice it cause theyve got to many deals with Chinese bigshots. What do you think? Anyway, if you ever hear anything about that kind of thing you could let me know ok?thanks Aly

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