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These Charts Show Why Brits Are Furious About Austerity

Theresa May promised Northern Ireland a billion pounds. Now the tide of public opinion is turning against her cost-cutting policies.
Protesters in London on July 1, 2017. 
Photographer: Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The tide of public opinion has turned against the cost-cutting policies pursued by Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives since they came to power in 2010.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-austerity message attracted young voters in droves at last month’s general election, depriving May of her parliamentary majority. And with the premier promising an additional 1 billion pounds ($1.3 billion) for Northern Ireland to win the support of the region’s Democratic Unionist Party, Britons are clamoring for her to relax spending restraint. After all, if May can find money for roads in Belfast, why not for teachers in Sunderland or nurses in London?

So after buying into the Tory message in 2015 that the economy is safer in their hands, why do Britons want to call time on austerity now?