From Elsewhere: Not much to disagree with there.
Sean Thomas in the Daily Telegraph explains why the Labour government of 1997-2010 crippled Britain.
“Do you remember 1066 and All That? Maybe not, as it was published in 1930. And yet, this parody of English history lingers in the collective consciousness, not least because it amusingly defined English kings as either Good or Bad. No ifs, no buts – no vague, waffly “he built the autobahns, but then things went somewhat downhill”.
Good. Or. Bad.
Of course the idea was satirical: it is seldom we can be so emphatic about our monarchs or our governments. Even Edward Heath boosted the image of sexually ambiguous sailing while smiling in a fixed way at the camera.
And yet, I think we can be properly emphatic about New Labour, that cavalcade of incompetents that pretended to be a government from 1997-2010. They were the worst British government ever.
Just look at the evidence. Then cry for your beloved country.
Let’s start with the small stuff. Immigration. I know very few people care about this, but Labour – without warning, without consulting, without even asking our permission – allowed the biggest mass immigration into the United Kingdom in our nation’s history: three million people, possibly more than entered these island in the preceding 1,000 years combined. And why did they do this? To drive down low-skilled wages, and to rub the noses of the Right in diversity. Gosh, thanks guys.
What else? Health. 1,200 died in Mid-Staffordshire Hospital alone, that’s more than died in Mid-Staffordshire during the Black Death. What about Europe? Labour’s biggest achievement in Europe was to give away half our precious rebate, won by Thatcher, at a cost to you and me of £9 billion so far – and in return they got precisely nothing, unless you count a chortling, after-dinner promise from Jacques Chirac, that he’d make Tony Blair President of the EU, which he didn’t. A small mercy.”