Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Good Stuff

Owen Jones makes a good point, that Labour under Blair and Brown actually did a lot of good things, but the New Labour wing of the party never talks about them. That's like their communist legacy and it's best forgotten, or something.
And then there’s the cornerstone of New Labour’s achievement – the thing that made it truly distinctive and different from Thatcherism: investment in public services. As both a principle and a reality, this achievement has been shredded. The myth that Britain’s economic plight was caused by Blair and Brown spending too much on schools and hospitals – every penny of which was backed by the Tories – was challenged by the left almost alone.