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People 'pessimistic about childrens' future'

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Did the grim predictions for the future contained in the Autumn Statement amount to a watershed moment in British politics, when politicians and the electorate began to accept how painful the recovery would be?

Ben Page, of pollsters Ipsos Mori, examines where the public stands on the issue.

And Jim Tomlinson, professor of history at Dundee University, and John Kay, economist and writer with the Financial Times, discuss what politicians can offer an electorate used to rising prosperity.


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