Tag Archives: New Labour

Last week I attended a party to celebrate David Blunkett’s 65th birthday and 25 years as an MP. I worked for David for a number of years when he was education and employment secretary and then home secretary. Almost everyone … Continue reading

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Under the previous government, the release of the annual poverty and inequality statistics was a major news event, a litmus test of Labour’s social justice credentials. In the early days it showed rapid falls in child and pensioner poverty, but … Continue reading

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How could Labour have increased the deficit beyond the levels it actually reached during the recession? This is not a question many people pose. But it is a question that some provide an answer to, albeit unwittingly. One such person … Continue reading

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I was surprised to hear Steve Richards, whose journalism I admire greatly, declare on the Today programme that the Coalition government was a radical administration on par with the 1945 Attlee and 1979 Thatcher governments. For one thing, the Owl of … Continue reading

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In the end, the last Labour government’s centralist model of public services exhausted itself, but it was probably the single most important driver of improved standards in vital areas such as education and health. The strategic cul-de-sac for Labour in … Continue reading

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