When will there be a time when we can pick out the achievements of the last Labour Government ?
This list was removed from the Labour Party’s website after Gordon Brown created the credit-crunch when, in his spare time, when he sold sub-prime mortgages to people on welfare in US’s Mid-West… apparently.
Longest period of sustained low inflation since ’60s
Introduced National Minimum Wage. Raised to £5.52
Restored devolved government to Northern Ireland
Wrote off 100% of debt owed by poorest countries
Restored city-wide government to London
Devolved power to Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly
All full time workers entitled to 24 days paid holiday
Inpatient waiting lists down half a million+ since ’97
NHS Direct introduced, offering free patient advice
Free breast cancer screening for all 50-70 yr old women
36,000 more teachers in England. 274,000 more support staff and teaching assistants
Cleanest rivers, beaches, drinking water and air since before the industrial revolution
14,000 more police in England and Wales
Saved car industry with Car Scrappage Scheme
Cut long-term youth unemployment by 75%
Child benefit up 26 per cent since 1997
Doubled funding for every school pupil in England
Free nursery places for all 3 and 4-year-olds
Free fruit for most four to six-year-olds at school
Introduced £200 winter fuel payment to pensioners. £300 for over-80s
Free TV licences for over-75s
A million pensioners lifted out of poverty
Free off peak local bus travel for over-60s
Free eye test for over 60s
Banned fox hunting
Banned fur farming & animal testing for cosmetics
Lies, Damn Lies and Ignorance
People are lazy and quite happy to live their life in total ignorance. On saying that, they are good at reciting stuff, if it’s repeated often enough. It does not matter whether its true or not as long as it’s easy to remember.
Thatcher’s era gets symbolised with Champagne Wine Bars and massive mobile phones. I have lost count of the number of times I have seen that same clip of the guy in the wine bar tugging at the notes in his top pocket.
From someone who was Actually There
In 1986, I was working at a record shop on £50 per week being told I was lucky to have a job because there was over 3 million unemployed.
’97-’08: Lowest unemployment since ’79
I know. Fantastic eh. So need to go back to the previous Labour Government for a lower figure. For an insight into the recorded unemployment figures, click on the graph to view the figures, from the Office of National Statistics.
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