The Legacy of New Labour, great if you are into lap dancing and gambling; shame about the post office

Latest government figures show how Britain has evolved under new Labour. Since 1997 the number of lap dancing clubs has increased by 1,150%, betting shops by 39%, and casinos up 27%.

On the other hand public libraries have reduced by 6%, police stations by 8%, schools are down 10%, swimming pools 21%, and public toilets down 23%.

And then there are post offices, down from 19,000 in 1997 to 11,500 today, a drop of 39%. This is the legacy of new Labour. Not a lot more needs to be said.

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3 Responses

  1. Your assumption is quite amusing (a la Daily Mail) but just a little misguided.

    I’m afraid you can’t pin down private sector developments to the management of government, because enterprise follows consumer demand in free societies.

    Are you saying that people shouldn’t have the freedom to do whatever they want with their own money?

  2. I think I ought to balance BPB’s post with some of Labour’s achievements.

    What about over 3,000 Sure Start children’s centres and the fact we’re on target to deliver one in every community by 2010? Free childcare, the rise in child benefit, extended maternity leave, paternity leave, flexible working, emergency time off for carers.

    What about the million pensioners lifted out of poverty, Winter Fuel Payments, free bus travel, free TV licenses, free eye tests for older people?

    What about 149 new hospitals, £96bn investment in NHS, over 80,000 more nurses, 38,000 more doctors, 4,500 more dentists (and remember all the dental schools the Tories closed?), shorter waits for treatment, GPs open longer hours, walk-in healthcare centres, free prescriptions for cancer patients, our cancer pledge to see a specialist within a week of diagnosis, free health checks for everyone in England aged 40-74.

    What about the fact education spending has doubled since 1997, 36,000 more teachers, 172,000 classroom assistants, better exam results, more young people going to university than ever before, the job, apprenticeship or training guarantee so young people aren’t left on the dole as they were in the recession under the Tories?

    What about crime dropping by a third thanks to over 16,000 more police, neighbourhood policing and our Community Support Officers?

    What about over £20bn investment in rail, the Crossrail project, high speed rail – more passengers are using our trains than at any other time since the Second World War – over a billion last year.

    I think it is right to challenge and ask for more, to campaign for a fairer and more equal society but ask yourself this – would all this have happened under the Tories?

    It’s a Labour MP that will campaign for more and a Labour government that will deliver more.

  3. You forgot, 24 hour booze.

    Labours legacy:
    Debt & gambling
    24 hour booze
    more smut
    and er War

    Fantastic. P.s Sure starts a load of shit, the middle classes get the most out of it. People need decent pay in the first place not socialistic bullshit.

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