Benefits Does Have a Nicer Ring to It

October 27, 2012 | 1

In its treatment of the poor, Britain may be “going back to the Middle Ages,” says Booker repeat winner Hilary Mantel. Indeed, she explains, “In some respects … Cromwell lived in a more enlightened time.” And she’s not the only high profile UK author to come to the side of government welfare these days. In a twopart interview for The Daily Show, J.K. Rowling notes that she couldn’t have written her first books without government “benefits.”

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