New Labour: A Sober Assessment by Bryan Appleyard

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The great Bryan Appleyard posts as follows on his unmissable blog, Thought Experiments:-

With Speaker Martin about to resign, it is a good time to list some of the achievements of New Labour since 1997.

1)They destroyed trust in politics by creating a culture of spin, bullying and manipulation culminating in the Damian McBride affair.
2)They failed to reform the National Health Service or, indeed, any public service.
3)They betrayed their own primary promise by increasing inequality.
4)They embarked on an ill-judged military partnership with an incompetent American administration.
5)They humiliated and under-funded the military.
6)They mismanaged the public finances, leaving us with massive borrowings in the face of the worst economic crisis in 80 years.
7)They permitted a coup, on the basis of bullying and threats, which installed the worst Prime Minister of my lifetime.
8)And now, with the resignation of Brown’s puppet Speaker, they have precipitated a constitutional crisis of historic proportions.
Have I missed anything?

5 Responses to New Labour: A Sober Assessment by Bryan Appleyard

  1. bigrab says:

    Yes I think he’s missed something.

    By setting up the machinery and infrastructure for Scottish independence, the permanent break up of the United Kingdom is now inevitable.

    This is hastened by the fact that the Scots are beginning to hate Labour even more than the Tories!

    And by the way you can keep Broon, Martin Darling and all the rest of these useless Jock bastards! 8)

  2. Fleet of Worlds says:

    I don’t know enough about Scottish politics to have a meaningful opinion, BigRab, but you can rest assured that Broon, Martin, Darling et al will be heading North in a cattle truck* mere seconds after Alex Salmond becomes FIrst Minister of an independent Scotland!

    *Or possibly launched via some sort of giant artillery piece aimed to impact somewhere harmless in the Highlands.

  3. Fleet of Worlds says:

    I would also add that they provided a means for the appalling Ed Balls and his shrew of a wife to rise to high office, a crime more serious than any outlined by Bryan or your good self, BigRab.

  4. bigrab says:

    I would suggest too that “embarking on a military partnership with an incompetent American Administration” is understating the case somewhat.

    How about “taking part in the illegal invasion of a sovereign state and in the process murdering 100,000 civilians and guaranteeing an excuse for terrorist attacks in our country for a generation”?

    Christ! made the Falklands look like a Sunday School picnic.

    I do have to say though, who would want the job of Prime Minister in these days of microscopic forensic examination?

    Probably the only one in my lifetime that is regarded well to a great degree in a historical context is Macmillan who left office in 1963.

    As Macmillan himself said when asked what the biggest challenge was to a statesman he replied “Events, my dear boy, events”

    I don’t see another Macmillan on the horizon.

  5. Fleet of Worlds says:

    Apparently Macmillan is the only political leader whose portrait hangs in David Cameron’s office – make of that what you will!

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