SINGAPORE (Jan 28): In 1942, British economist and social reformer William Beveridge issued an epoch-defining report that established a model for welfare states in the post-war era. He recognised that the old social protection system had broken down and that it was “time for revolutions, not for patching”. The challenge, Beveridge said, was to slay five giants: disease, idleness, ignorance, squalor and want.

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