Ten and now – a country transformed: 10 years of Labour Government in Britain
Tuesday 1 May 2007
On 1 May 2007, Rt Hon David Blunkett MP and UNISON Labour Link publish, “Then and now – a country transformed: 10 years of Labour Government in Britain.”
By recalling and revisiting newspaper headlines that were commonplace prior to Labour’s election in 1997 on the key issues of education, employment,health, crime and the economy, the pamphlet tells the story of the transformation that has taken place across the country under Labour and led by Tony Blair. Headlines such as "Crumbling Britain - Schools of Shame" (The Observer, 3.3.96), "4M Jobless" (The Sun, 21.03.97) or "Ten Years of Crises in NHS" (The Times, 1.1.90) belong in the past – but they have not faded from our front pages by chance. Only by making clear political choices and prioritising issues that make a real difference to people’s quality of life - building hundreds of new schools, introducing the minimum wage, trebling spending in the NHS, taking decisive action against anti-social behaviour and stabilising the economy - have such changes been possible.
David Blunkett makes clear that we must work against the disconnect that has become all too recognisable – where people do not link their decision to elect Labour in 1997 and again in 2001 and 2005 with the choices made by our government and the results that are so clear in our communities. He suggests that the power-sharing administration in Northern Ireland from 8 May this year will serve as the very best example, for those who need one, of the power of politics.
Through use of the newspapers’ own words, “Then and Now” shows that Britain has decisively left behind the era of Margaret Thatcher and is ready to face the challenges of tomorrow – with Labour, we are indeed a country transformed.