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Keef is voting Lib Dem
Posted - 20 March 2017 10:48
Winning elections?
extremely worried
Posted - 20 March 2017 11:05
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That's so 1990s.
241 Sleeps To Christmas
Posted - 20 March 2017 11:07
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Independence of the Bank of England.
Partnering U.S. foreign policy.
Building on John Major's legacy to bring peace in Northern Ireland.
Academy schools.
Private sector involvement in the NHS.
Building the case on which the Tories introduced equal marriage.
241 Sleeps To Christmas
Posted - 20 March 2017 11:07
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had much to recommend him, really.
In the Navy
Posted - 20 March 2017 11:10
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1. Longest period of sustained low inflation since the 60s.

2. Low mortgage rates.

3. Introduced the National Minimum Wage and raised it to £5.52.

4. Over 14,000 more police in England and Wales.

5. Cut overall crime by 32 per cent.

6. Record levels of literacy and numeracy in schools.

7. Young people achieving some of the best ever results at 14, 16, and 18.

8. Funding for every pupil in England has doubled.

9. Employment is at its highest level ever.

10. Written off up to 100 per cent of debt owed by poorest countries.

11. 85,000 more nurses.

12. 32,000 more doctors.

13. Brought back matrons to hospital wards.

14. Devolved power to the Scottish Parliament.

15. Devolved power to the Welsh Assembly.

16. Dads now get paternity leave of 2 weeks for the first time.

17. NHS Direct offering free convenient patient advice.

18. Gift aid was worth £828 million to charities last year.

19. Restored city-wide government to London.

20. Record number of students in higher education.

21. Child benefit up 26 per cent since 1997.

22. Delivered 2,200 Sure Start Children’s Centres.

23. Introduced the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

24. £200 winter fuel payment to pensioners & up to £300 for over-80s.

25. On course to exceed our Kyoto target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

26. Restored devolved government to Northern Ireland.

27. Over 36,000 more teachers in England and 274,000 more support staff and teaching assistants.

28. All full time workers now have a right to 24 days paid holiday.

29. A million pensioners lifted out of poverty.

30. 600,000 children lifted out of relative poverty.

31. Introduced child tax credit giving more money to parents.

32. Scrapped Section 28 and introduced Civil Partnerships.

33. Brought over 1 million social homes up to standard.

34. Inpatient waiting lists down by over half a million since 1997.

35. Banned fox hunting.

36. Cleanest rivers, beaches, drinking water and air since before the industrial revolution.

37. Free TV licences for over-75s.

38. Banned fur farming and the testing of cosmetics on animals.

39. Free breast cancer screening for all women aged between 50-70.

40. Free off peak local bus travel for over-60s.

41. New Deal – helped over 1.8 million people into work.

42. Over 3 million child trust funds have been started.

43. Free eye test for over 60s.

44. More than doubled the number of apprenticeships.

45. Free entry to national museums and galleries.

46. Overseas aid budget more than doubled.

47. Heart disease deaths down by 150,000 and cancer deaths down by 50,000.

48. Cut long-term youth unemployment by 75 per cent.

49. Free nursery places for every three and four-year-olds.

50. Free fruit for most four to six-year-olds at school.
Bright Carver
Posted - 20 March 2017 11:12
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Marrying Cherie.

extremely worried
Posted - 20 March 2017 11:13
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Bright Carver
Posted - 20 March 2017 11:14
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Well, she did/does reportedly like her 'free' shopping sessions.
Posted - 20 March 2017 11:26
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Iraq will come to be seen his greatest achievement

Started the process of kicking the door down on disfunctional Arab regimes, before any real damage is done to outsiders
Praises Orgies
Posted - 20 March 2017 11:30
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Private sector involvement in the NHS.

This was (a) not started by Blair and (b) a really, really fvcking stupid idea because all it has done is made the NHS substantially more expensive for the benefit of some overseas-resident PE houses. And it no longer looks nice on the balance sheet.

One has to draw a line with reducing the size of the state (any ideology taken to the extreme ceases to be practical) and there are a few services that simply should not be privatised because they either don't function properly as competitive markets or there is sufficient public interest in maintaining them as state enterprises (railways, healthcare). This is basically indisputable, though no doubt RoF's raving lunatics will attempt to justify it on some sort of pointlessly dogmatic basis.

The interesting thing about this Government is how much the state (via local authorities) is effectively privatising large swathes of UK property by lending enormous sums to local councils at very low interest rates to enable the local councils to invest in property.