George Galloway claims austerity is directly linked to life expectancy not keeping pace with its previous rise.
The talkRADIO presenter believes rises in life expectancy "stalled when the austerity crash occurred."
At the time, he says ,"finance capital was the new coal, it was the new steel, it was the new shop building.
"Finance capital, playing on a computer, betting on the future was the future for Britain’s casino economy. Then it all came crashing down.
"It didn’t fall down on heads [of those in the finance sector]. It fell down on yours, it fell down on the heads of the poorest people, on the public sector workers who’ve scarcely had a penny in real terms of wage increase ever since.
"It’s impossible for me to contemplate that this stalling of the rise in Britain's life expectancy is unconnected to the issue of austerity."
He explained that austerity has meant the "Government stops spending, the Government stops hiring, the Government stops investing and slowly but surely everything seizes up."
Yet he exclaims there is "never any shortage of money for the bombs and the rockets and the means of employing them. Never any shortage of money for the rich people in our society."
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