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Economist Robert Skidelsky on Keynes and working hours

20 June 2012 Last updated at 10:35 BST

A century ago, economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that by now, no-one in Britain would have to work more than 15 hours week because machinery and technology would take the strain.

Robert Skidelsky, an economist from the present, looks at what happened to those predictions and what people want today.

He finds a society "obsessed with consumption" and people working for more money, simply to buy more.

Each week the Daily Politics offers the chance to a famous face to climbon the soapboxand speak up for a cause. Mr Skidelsky will debate his ideas on the Daily Politics around 1240 BST with MPs Alan Duncan and Angela Eagle.

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