Plus Ca Change
Just found some old copies of the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, saved by my parents, from the day of Winston Churchill's funeral 40 years ago, and the following day.
Naturally there was acres of text about the funeral and about Churchill's legacy - which certainly puts that of Tony Blair, such as it is, into perspective.
But the most interesting thing was how familiar some of the other headlines were.
"Health Service in Crisis" - with doctors and nurses complaining about the mess a Labour government was making of running the NHS.
An item about the (then) new corporation tax - with suggestions about how "Advance Corporation Tax" on dividends would work. Of course, the question of whether pension funds should pay such a tax is currently a live issue. The last Conservative government's strategy to build up pension funds, which was so successful that in 1997 Britain had more money in occupation pension funds than the rest of Europe put together, included such an exemption for pension funds. Gordon Brown helped destroy that position by scrapping that exemption in 1997 in the infamous £5 billion a year raid on pension funds.
A cartoon about attacks on grammar schools, direct grant schools, and public schools - then as now the Telegraph took a very dim view of this!
As the French would say, "Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose" (The more it changes, the more it's the same thing.)