Britain and Sweden

Why, considering that Britain and Sweden seemed to be travelling along the same political road up to the 1960s – towards ‘social democracy’ – did they come to diverge so widely thereafter? It can’t just be Thatcher. Or the Unions. Or the Swedes’ basic decency. Or latitude – cold climates more communitarian than warm ones. (Viz. Canada, too.) Or the ‘special relationship’. Or Eton. Or…. Well, there are several other possibilities. I’m going to work on this. It could form my next substantial writing project. I know both countries pretty well.

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