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Be happy with our modern world

PAUL Donovan (Write Back, November 17) regrets that the "better world" soldiers of the First World War died for has not come to pass. In answer, let me quote from this vivid picture of Edwardian Britain by Andrew Marr (in The Making of Modern Britain):

"Every town had places where the children were literally shoeless and where people were withering (not growing fatter) from malnutrition … Child prostitutes were readily available on busy streets … For the poor, there was no state welfare, just charity relief, or the threat of the dreaded workhouse."

The modern world is not perfect, but it is a whole lot better than before 1914.


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