Tony Blair’s 10 years in power

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

I only hope that the dam­age caused by Blair and chums isn’t ir­re­versible. Un­for­tu­nately the wel­fare safety net has be­come a way of life for many and Labour seemed more than happy to en­cour­age this trend with their “you breed them, we’ll feed them” motto. Let’s push for higher stan­dards, not make ex­cuses for the back­ward so­cial el­e­ments. Am bored of celebs jump­ing on the lefty band­wagon and wear­ing their “pover­tys­tricken school drop-out” roots as some kind of badge of hon­our. The cul­ture of anti-snob­bery is sad and pa­thetic, peo­ple who can’t even mas­ter the ba­sics of English gram­mar call­ing those who can “posh” with de­ri­sion and venom. Stu­art Alexan­der, Ash­ford.

The Blair years have had many achieve­ments. The main one, I sup­pose, is res­cu­ing the coun­try from the poor eco­nomic and so­cial the­o­ries of the Thatcherite Tories and mak­ing things bet­ter for most peo­ple. Un­der the Tories we had eco­nomic melt­downs ev­ery four or five years. I guess if we had a less right wing press, we would not have had spin. On most re­li­able indicators, the NHS, law and or­der are bet­ter than they were in the Thatcher era. I am not a great fan of the man, I al­ways thought he seemed a bit one-di­men­sional com­pared to oth­ers. His big his­toric achieve­ment is North­ern Ire­land. Rob­bie Craig, Lydd.

Did Tony Blair point the way to a strong econ­omy or a wel­fare cul­ture?

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