93-year-old Harry Leslie Smith’s article – ‘This year, I will wear a poppy for the last time’ – was shared thousands of times and started a huge debate about the state of society. Now he brings his unique perspective to bear on NHS cutbacks, political corruption, poverty, and the cost of education.

From the deprivation of 1930s Barnsley to the creation of our welfare state, Harry has experienced how a great civilisation can rise from the rubble.

About The Author

Harry Leslie Smith

Harry Leslie Smith is a survivor of the Great Depression, a second world war RAF veteran and, at 95, an activist for the poor and for the preservation of social democracy. He has authored numerous books about Britain during the Great Depression, the second world war and postwar austerity. He lives outside Toronto, Canada, and in Yorkshire.