Sean Thomas, known to "Political Betting" junkies as Sean T and to readers of his novels as Tom Knox, has a superb article in the Telegraph here making a very convincing case that the Blair/Brown government was the worst government ever. Here are some extracts ...
"The economy? How did Labour do there? Sit down with a bottle of scotch before I tell you. Labour presided over the slowest growth in 50 years, they produced the fastest decline in British manufacturing since manufacturing began, they left us mired in the longest recession since the war, they bequeathed maybe the largest deficit in peacetime history, and they handed over a debt so huge we will still be repaying it when the earth is swallowed by an expanding sun, a cosmological termination which might therefore come as some relief.
"On to foreign policy. One word. Iraq.
Two words. Iraq, Afghanistan.
Lots of words: 100,000-300,000 killed, 2 million refugees, the humiliation of the British army, the grotesqueness that was Alastair Campbell, and the complete destruction of any trust in what any government will ever say about going to war in the future.
"Which leaves Education. Oh, how Labour chuntered on about education. They often liked to say the word “education” an astonishing three times in a row ..
"And what were they doing?
"Here’s what they were doing: they were sending our schoolkids plummeting down the international PISA education rankings, and now, as we know, ensuring English youngsters are amongst the worst educated in the western world – and the only young people with an education inferior to their grandparents"
The article concludes
"And you know what’s so depressing? This so-called “party”, this cancer called “Labour”, this affliction which keeps returning to the UK like a kind of sociopolitical syphilis, could be in power, once more, in about 18 months' time. Now drink that whisky."