The Economist, June 26, 2020
... Mr. Ord's .. carefully reasoned, if clearly contestable, best guesses lead him to conclude that, ... the chances of mankind losing its future through such misadventure in the next 100 years stand at one to six. ...
Dorling, Hiam and many other epidemiologists argue that life expectancy started to decline in Britain as a direct result of the austerity measures imposed by the Tory-led government in 2010. These cutbacks – which removed more than £30bn from welfare payments, housing subsidies and social services over the past eight years – were some of the most severe made by any nation after the 2008 financial crisis.
And once imposed, they triggered dramatic reductions in funding for social care, meals on wheels, rural bus services, NHS spending, numbers of health visitors and many other services. These in turn contributed to increased numbers of early deaths of vulnerable people, it is argued.