About the author

Nicholas Timmins is the author of the award-winning The five giants: A biography of the welfare state (Williams Collins, 2017). He was a journalist for 40 years including being public policy editor of the Financial Times between 1996 and 2011. He is a senior fellow at the Institute for Government and the King’s Fund, and a Visiting Professor in Social Policy at the London School of Economics. He is also an honorary FRCP.

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