Attlee versus Blair
Attlee versus Blair:
progressive social policy in
Robert M. Page
During his speech to the Labour Party conference in Bournemouth in
September 2003 Tony Blair (2003) spoke of the “privilege” of being “the
first Labour leader in 100 years” to have held office for six-and-a-half
consecutive years. Historic achievements of this kind inevitably lead to
comparisons being made between the previous and present record holders.
To this end, this chapter will attempt to compare the
described in the previous chapter and highlighted the differences between revolutionary socialism and parliamentary socialism; and, second, the Great Slump of 1931, which led to the downfall of the second Labourgovernment in 1931.
This chapter asseses the Labour Party’s responses to these crises. It outlines the internal party splits that caused the party to distinguish itself from the national government, and lose the 1931 and 1935 general elections, only returning to government under the wartime coalition government of 1940–1945. It explores what Diamond (2004 , p
The Fourth Labourgovernment:
Political and economic direction
The Fourth Labourgovernment between 1984 and 1990 undertook
a series of policy decisions and introduced a range of policy measures
that changed the nature of New Zealand economy dramatically. The
details and substantial discussion around this are not necessary for our
current purposes. (Readers interested in a more extensive discussion
of these and related issues should consult James, 1986; Jesson, 1987;
Jesson et al, 1988; Jesson, 1989; Walker, 1989; Holland and Boston,
the issue was not simply one of increasing the monetary value of certain benefits, and Titmuss’s comment that ‘this is not a question of poverty at all. It’s a matter of inequality’ was cited. 5
Crossman clearly felt the government was vulnerable to attacks on its social programme, and that Titmuss and his colleagues were key players. At the start of 1967, he watched a television programme on poverty ‘based very largely on the campaign of the Titmuss group against the LabourGovernment for its maltreatment of lower-paid workers with large families’. Obviously
‘Revolutionising’ care for people
with learning difficulties? The
In March 2001 the Secretary of State for Health, Alan Milburn, launched
the first major strategy aimed at “radically improving the life chances of
people with learning disabilities for 30 years” (DoH, 2001a, p 1). The
White Paper, Valuing people: A new strategy for learning disability for the 21st
century (DoH, 2001b), was launched following a consultation with a range
of professionals, service users and family carers and
The growing divide between the poor and the rich is the most significant social change to have occurred during the last few decades. The new Labour government inherited a country more unequal than at any other time since the Second World War.
This book brings together a collection of contributions on inequalities in the main areas of British life: income, wealth, standard of living, employment, education, housing, crime and health.
It charts the extent of the growth in inequalities and offers a coherent critique of the new Labour government’s policies aimed at those tackling this crisis. In particular, the numerous area-based anti-poverty policies currently being pursued are unlikely to have a significant and long-lasting effect, since many lessons from the past have been ignored. The contributors use and interpret official data to show how statistics are often misused to obscure or distort the reality of inequality.
A range of alternative policies for reducing inequalities in Britain are discussed and set within the global context of the need for international action.
Tackling inequalities is a valuable contribution to the emerging policy debate written by the leading researchers in the field. It is essential reading for academics, policy makers, and students with an interest in inequalities, poverty and social exclusion.
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