I'm A Stranger Here Myself

I'm A Stranger Here Myself

Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away

Large Print - 1999
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No issue shames the New Labor government elected in 1997 more that the systematic destruction of Britain's pensions system. When Labor came to power, some five million workers enjoyed "gold standard" defined benefit pensions—which paid them a percentage of final salaries—and Britain had the most robust system of private retirement provision in the world. That number has since collapsed to 1.6m, leaving millions of Britons facing an uncertain future and, in many cases, the grim choice of working until they drop or an impoverished old age. The past dreams of a cottage on the South Coast or wintering on the Med or in Florida have long gone. Award-winning journalist Alex Brummer goes behind the scenes to explain exactly what has been going on. What emerges is a shocking story of cynicism and inaction, in which a government bent on penny-pinching, a civil service cowed in to submission, and individuals more interested in their careers than public service have all taken a part in fatally undermining a 100-year-old system. It's also a story of breathtaking hypocrisy, where those in charge have feather-bedded their own pensions while destroying those of ordinary people. And, as Alex Brummer convincingly argues, we're only just starting to live with the appalling consequences.
Publisher: Thorndike, ME : Thorndike Press, 1999.
ISBN: 9780786220021
0786220023
9780786220038
0786220031
Branch Call Number: LP 973.92 Brys
Characteristics: 458 p. (large print) ; 22 cm.

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SPPL_János Mar 21, 2018

A collection of the weekly columns written for a British magazine upon Bryson's return to the U.S. Bryson's patient humor is intact, though it lacks the narrative structure of his other travel books.

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