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    Quote Originally Posted by Colr View Post
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    What PFI time bomb?

    1. Introducing the National Minimum Wage and establishing the Low Pay Commission

    2. Tripled spending on our NHS, an increase of over £66bn – more than doubling health spending per capita

    3. Investing in 42,400 extra teachers and 212,000 more support staff – including an extra 123,100 teaching assistants

    4. More than doubling Britain’s overseas aid budget, helping lift an estimated three million people out of poverty each year

    5. Scrapped Section 28 and introduced civil partnerships

    6. Introducing the Human Rights Act

    7. More than doubling the number of apprenticeships

    8. Creating Sure Start, with 3,500 centres opened across the country

    9. Lifting 900,000 pensioners out of poverty

    10. Introducing Tax Credits meaning a single mum working part time could be over £6000 better off

    11. Peace in Northern Ireland

    12. Reducing the number of people waiting over six months for an operation from 284,000 to almost zero by 2010

    13. Powering over 2 million homes from offshore wind, giving Britain more offshore wind capacity than any country in the world

    14. Introduced the Equality and Human Rights Commission to stamp out all forms of discrimination

    15. The Child Poverty Act, lifting 600,000 children out of relative poverty

    16. Investing in 44,000 more doctors and over 89,000 more nurses

    17. Reducing the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by 21 per cent from 1990 levels, beating the Kyoto target

    18. Increased state pension

    19. Preventing genocide in Kosovo

    20. The introduction of the Winter Fuel Allowance

    21. Extended free eye tests for over 60s

    22. The 2008 Climate Change Act

    23. Number of police officers up by 16,000, and 16,000 more Police Community Support Officers

    24. Extending the opening hours of over three quarters of GP practices

    25. Removing the majority of hereditary peers from the House of Lords

    26. Decreased homelessness by 73% since 2003

    27. A free part-time nursery place for every three and four year old

    28. Increasing paid annual leave to 28 days per year

    29. Free prescriptions for cancer patients

    30. Doubled education funding for every pupil in Britain

    31. Introduced Paternity Leave, giving fathers 2 weeks off

    32. Increased the value of Child Benefit by over 26%

    33. Established the Food Standards Agency

    34. Introduced the Equality Act preventing discrimination on the grounds of their sexual orientation

    35. The Freedom of Information Act

    36. Increasing the number of university places with a majority of women going to Further Education

    37. Assuring the construction of Crossrail with a £5 billion grant from the government

    38. Helping to end the civil war in Sierra Leone

    39. Rural Development Programme for England which makes £3.9 billion available 2007 – 2013 to protect the rural environment

    40. The introduction of Educational Maintenance Allowances as having a positive impact in encouraging pupils after 16 years to stay in education, attend regularly, focus and make real progress. They have helped to turn many young people’s lives around.

    41.Extended free off-peak bus travel for over-60s and disabled travellers

    42. Creating the Scottish Parliament

    43. A ban on the use, production and stockpiling of cluster bombs

    44. The ban on new grammar schools

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

    46. Longest period of sustained low inflation since the 1960s

    47. Investing £20 billion in improvements to social housing conditions – ‘one of Labour’s greatest legacies’ (Housing Insider UK)

    48. Removed the minimum donations limit from Gift Aid

    49. Reducing the number of people on waiting lists by over 500,000; waiting times fell to a maximum of 18 weeks, their lowest ever levels

    50. Rise in the number of school leavers with five good GCSEs from 45% to 76%

    51. The Young Person’s Job Guarantee

    52. Statutory union recognition

    53. The introduction of Pension Credits

    54. Cut long-term youth unemployment by 75%

    55. Free school milk and fruit

    56. The Disability Rights Commission

    57. Doubled the number of registered childcare spaces

    58. Raised the legal age of buying cigarettes to 18 and banned tobacco advertising in magazines, newspapers and on billboards

    59. Free entry to galleries and museums

    60. Tax exemptions on childcare vouchers

    61. Establishing the Welsh Assembly

    62. The 2009 Autism Act, the fist ever disability specific law in England

    63. New Deal for Communities programme, which invested £2 billion in some of the most deprived areas of England

    64. Established the Electoral Commission

    65. Halved Britain’s nuclear arsenal

    66. Free television licences for those aged 75 or over on the day that the BBC publishes its strategy review

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

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

    69. Introducing the EU Social Chapter and abolishing the opt out ensuring rights on workers’ consultation, employment rights and social security.

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

    71. Record low A&E waiting times

    72. Over 3 million child trust funds started under Labour’s CTF scheme

    73. Extended the Race Relations Act so that all public bodies and functions now have a duty to promote race equality

    74. Reintroduced matrons to hospital wards

    75. Establishing The UK Film Council

    76. The 2012 Olympics

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

    78. The Hunting Act

    79. 93,000 more 11-year-olds achieving in numeracy each year

    80. The Creation of the Department for International Development contributing £20 million a year towards regional programmes in Southern Africa

    81. Reduced class sizes, improving academic attainment

    82. 10 years of continuous economic growth and leading the response to the global financial crisis, leaving our economy in growth in 2010

    83. Ran more surpluses and paid off more national debt than every Tory Chancellor in the last 40 years combined

    84. Introducing Proportional Representation to the UK political system

    85. Healthier school meals

    86. Providing 3 million people with access to lifesaving drugs for HIV and AIDS

    87. Introduced the right to request flexible working

    88. Established NHS Direct

    89. Points-based system of non-EU immigration

    90. Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003

    91. Introduced vaccinations for teenage girls to protect against cervical cancer

    92. Violent incidents down by a half (49%) from 1995

    93. Labour’s New Deal – helped over 1.8 million people into work.

    94. Equalised the age of consent

    95. Introduced the smoking ban

    96. Introduced directly-elected mayors

    97. Introducing the public interest test

    98. Record number of students in higher education

    99. Crime down by 45% since 1995

    100. Wrote off up to 100 per cent of debt owed by poorest countries, helping lift 3 million people out of poverty every year

    A party offering that list - or rather its contemporary equivalent - and with the ability to win an election would be a beacon of hope but seems a lifetime away.


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    Colr, I'm not going to work through your list, but that's not a sign I agree that Blair takes credit for all that's on it. I definitely don't.

    Where I came in to this argument was saying centrism enables Toryism. It doesn't mean there can't be pockets of good on the way, but the direction of travel is to the right.

    I take it you have a view on PFI that makes you comfortable it was a good thing, but my take on it is that it was a way of putting hard spending (or more honestly, taxation) decisions off. The gigantic debts it has racked up stayed off the balance books and big business creams off profits for decades with the state paying the bill.

    As for Blair and Brown's love affair with the banking sector...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthsideHarp_Bhoy View Post
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    I do enjoy a list like this, they are terrible pieces of political spin, and Im always amazed how conveniently, there are a nice round 100 achievements. Not 101, not 99.

    Have to say though, i was critical of the blair era st the time as i felt they didnt do enough with their mandate - but i was also younger and more radical in them days, and in fact was too young to even vote in 1997.

    And while he undoubtedly came to power at an opportune time, he was a good leader who really defined an era. If only he had stood down at the end of his second term, and not invaded iraq, his legacy would be beyond doubt.

    Someone of his ilk is badly needed just now.
    Add "Restored trade union rights at GCHQ" to make it 101
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    Quote Originally Posted by One Day Soon View Post
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    A party offering that list - or rather its contemporary equivalent - and with the ability to win an election would be a beacon of hope but seems a lifetime away.
    Bet everyone’s glad you quoted my post!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glory Lurker View Post
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    Colr, I'm not going to work through your list, but that's not a sign I agree that Blair takes credit for all that's on it. I definitely don't.

    Where I came in to this argument was saying centrism enables Toryism. It doesn't mean there can't be pockets of good on the way, but the direction of travel is to the right.

    I take it you have a view on PFI that makes you comfortable it was a good thing, but my take on it is that it was a way of putting hard spending (or more honestly, taxation) decisions off. The gigantic debts it has racked up stayed off the balance books and big business creams off profits for decades with the state paying the bill.

    As for Blair and Brown's love affair with the banking sector...
    It depends on the starting position.

    From the left, especially the further left then the direction of travel is to the right.

    From the right especially the far right then the direction of travel is very much to the left.

    It would be very welcome to see the many nuggets who have shifted further and further right attracted back towards the centre ground.

    If England were to shift to the left a bit and Scotland shuffle a bit to the right, I might even be forced to re-visit my views on Independence.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colr View Post
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    Bet everyone’s glad you quoted my post!!
    I was happy to do it.

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    PFI can PFO.

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