Tony Blair’s 10 years in power
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?