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Cuts rhetoric 'nothing new'

With 11 days to go to the spending review, the Conservatives have used their conference to assure us the pain of economic belt-tightening will be spread across society. Historian Dominic Sandbrook, author of the new book State of Emergency: The Way We Were: Britain 1970-1974, offers a historical perspective on the recent rhetoric.

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