An early General Election is on the horizon – If Corbyn is defeated New Labour will be raised from the ashes to challenge the Tories – But who would vote for more of Blair Brown and Mandelson?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The Scottish labour Party: Kezia Dugdale is actively broadcasting Scottish Labour’s plans (for Education, Education, Education) to be given a top priority in any future government lead by herself. But in doing so she is simply repeating the slogan used by Tony Blair in his 1997 campaign. So nothing new.

But a look-back at New Labour’s time in office, from 1997 reveals unacceptable levels of ministerial incompetence together with excesses of government practised by Blair and then Brown on the UK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education: The budget for education was tripled (from £22bn to £68bn.) But 250,000 children still left primary school unable to read, write and add up. About 110,000 parents were routinely refused a first choice of secondary school. And, largely due to the inadequate education in their formative years nearly 1 million (16-24 y.o.’s) were not in any form of education, employment or training.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health: From 1997 Labour tripled financial allocations to the NHS (from £35bn to £104bn). The action was laudable but Health Service minister, John Reid squandered vast amounts of the new money awarding senior medical staff and G.P.’s obscene pay increases securing nothing in terms of flexible working in return.

Coupled with the foregoing the introduction of the Blair/Brown privatisation “agenda for change” brought about a huge increase in the levels of senior administration managers and their legions of support staff. So money for healthcare ended up in the already well filled pockets of Senior Medics and administrators progressing the “agenda for change”.

An added disgrace is that only 49% of cancer patients were surviving for five years after diagnosis – lower than virtually all Europe. MRSA and C-difficile killed almost 44,000 people since 1997.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Criminal Justice: Financial allocations were increased (from £16bn to £24bn). But in 2008-09, there were in excess of 100 serious knife crimes a day, nearly a million victims of alcohol/drug fuelled assaults and over 10,000 incidents of anti-social behaviour daily.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Defence: Spending was increased (from £27bn to 37bn) necessary due to the illegal deployment of the armed forces to the invasion and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. But the new money was insufficient to support regular forces fighting bitter wars of attrition on 2 fronts.

The British Army sustained casualties well in excess of the USA, due to being ill-equipped and over deployed (rotation) to the fields of war resulting from cutbacks in the level of the very forces needed to support a nation at war.

Since Labour came to power, regular troops are reduced by 21,000. Naval forces have lost 12 warships and the RAF 217 war planes.

Against this scenario of incompetence the death toll in Afghanistan mounted. The daily press carried stories of bereaved families speaking out again and again about the lack of proper equipment and support.

Other intolerable insults foisted on the young men of the nation included housing their families in sub-standard leaky, ill-maintained, rat infested housing unfit in many cases for human habitation and the final insult being handed their notices of redundancy on the field of battle.

And yet Gordon Brown assured the recently published Chilcott inquiry that defence spending had been increased so that all aspects of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were fully funded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Immigration: Official figures, (and they are not entirely accurate) record that the number of new arrivals annually increased from 48,000 in 1997 to 163,000 in 2008. After a decade of Labour government it is accepted that there were between 800,000 – 950,000 illegal immigrants living in the UK at 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Economy: Being fair-minded the UK and the world was hit with a series of financial disasters largely created by greedy, incompetent utterly useless bankers and no political party could have emerged without criticism.

But many believe Gordon Brown’s earlier reckless spending, banking deregulation and sale of gold reserves at knock-down prices just about bankrupt the UK in the first place.

The budget deficit is well in excess of the level reached during WW2. Companies are folding and dole queues are lengthening daily.

Faced then with a basket case economy and a high level of financial attrition, reversing of which has been forced upon the electorate, (allowing bankers to distance themselves from the effects of their largesse) it was imperative that all parties committed unreservedly to the task of saving the nation.

But just as this message was being released Westminster was caught up in the expenses scandal which revealed many M.P.’s, ministers and civil servants to be little better than greedy pigs with their heads permanently in the trough ripping off the electorate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Summary: The Tory Party took up the reins of government in 2010 and will remain in place until 2020 (unless the new Prime Minister calls an early election.)

The national debt is around £2.0 Trillion (up from £840 Trillion inherited from Labour in 2010). The budget deficit fluctuates between £200-£300.

Many more radical cuts, to be introduced over the term of the parliament will be concentrated on reducing welfare spending with the purpose of rescuing the UK from terminal economic decline.

Taking all of the foregoing into account there is no way a vote for the Labour Party can be justified.  I doubt the party will ever be electable again. A sad end to a great ideal.

Scots who wish to be free of the incompetence of Westminster should support the SNP in it’s mission to achieve independence for Scotland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9 thoughts on “An early General Election is on the horizon – If Corbyn is defeated New Labour will be raised from the ashes to challenge the Tories – But who would vote for more of Blair Brown and Mandelson?”

  1. Just as Morag said…..always A quality depth. Is it possible maybe that she is so damaged now that she might get the pity vote and do still float above the scary Ruth and risible Willie? Nothing worse than a non-risible Willie though? Apologies to any offended by my crude wordplay.

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  2. As Morag said, I also am a great admirer of your blog, and the clarity with which you bring facts to the attention of the wider public.

    With that clarity in mind, perhaps you could improve the currently unintelligible assertion:

    ‘The budget deficit fluctuates between £200-£300’

    To be absolutely clear: The issue is not that _I_ do not understand.

    The issue is that the statement is an unsupported assertion, which is difficult for a reader to relate to a reality in which the Westminster Government accounts have routinely demonstrated around £100 thousand million pounds less in money coming in (i.e. taxes raised) every year than it says that it spends..

    more power to your elbow!
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    1. The annual budget deficit total varies significantly dependent on the source of the figures. Some elements of financial commitment are excluded so as to lower the total eg: Pension commitments are significant and immediate so they are often excluded.. I examined OBR projections, from 2008, for a number of years and am convinced Osborne is borrowing around 17bn monthly (£204bn annually) just to keep the UK solvent. Total annual borrowing, less capital repayments adds to the National debt which is probably around 105% of GDP. So the economy is not in good shape.

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      1. The position of the Scottish economy post independence has been on a few minds lately and one question I don’t hear being raised, when we are lectured about our responsibilty for our share of the £1,600bn UK national debt, is what about Scotland’s population share of UK national assets, and I don’t just mean the bullion lying in the vaults at Threadneedle Street.
        According to the UK National Audit Office whole of government accounts for 2013/14
        The UK public sector owned assets they valued at £1,337bn.
        Take assets from debt and multiply by 8.4% to find Scotland’s inhereted national debt if it became independent today.
        You can do the arithmetic but I make it just shy of £22.1bn.
        Given that Scotland is currently invoiced for our population share of UK strategic national projects such as London Crossrail 1&2, Thameslink1&2, London Sewer Project, London HS1&2 etc etc, plus the £4.5bn a year we contribute towards servicing interest charges on that UK national debt. The position of a Scottish chancellor’s ability to clear his national debt and that of his former UK unionist parties chancellor could not be more stark: the fUK chancellor could kiss goodbye to any hope of deficit reduction without Scotland’s export earnings tax take or £160bn GDP in his balance of payments.
        If not, which part of this equation is it I don’t get?

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    2. I am following up my previous comments. Just a reminder that the post commented on the performance of New Labour.

      22 November 2008: Gordon Brown today promised immediate help for every family in credit-crunch Britain.

      He pledged tax cuts to help people pay their bills and keep their jobs and homes. And he insisted that borrowing more than all previous British governments put together in the only way out of the recession. He wrote: “I want every household facing difficulty at this time to know we are ready to help and on their side. We need to give people help now.” But his promises were made against a financial background that revealed the UK’s secret national debt is almost three times higher than the government will admit in tomorrow’s pre-Budget report.

      The government claims Britain’s national debt is £563 billion. But that does not include:

      * £87 billion for nationalising Northern Rock

      * £725 billion owed for public sector pensions

      * £110 billion in private finance initiative bills

      That means the true cost of Britain’s national debt is a staggering £1.485 Trillion.

      Even the Institute for Fiscal Studies – one of Britain’s most respected think-tanks, with close links to Brown – says that is the real figure.

      And the state of our national coffers is set to get even worse with Britain expected to borrow up to £120 billion a year by 2011.

      Taxpayers already spend over £300 a year each just on the interest on national debt. And the government spends more on debt interest than in does on schools, transport or the entire Home Office budget.

      http://notw.typepad.com/politics/2008/11/gordons-spend-n.html

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