Enter Johann Hari of the Independant, who points out that Labour has indeed been 'taxing by stealth' and upping the amount that goes on Social Services by such measures as inheritance tax and taxing company pension funds. And what hae we got to show for it?
The answer is...the number of people sleeping rough on our streets has fallen by two thirds, according to Shelter. there is also the fact to consider that the Government "baby bond" scheme will mean that even the poorest children will have some sort of nest egg when they reach 18. Enough to start a business or go to Uni.
Ok, I did not get a free ethical dimension with every foreign policy, like I was promised, but it seems that here at home, as well as abroad, new labour is doing it's bit to make poverty history.
Maybe if tony's majority in the house was reduced, he would do more to keep back benchers on board and do more to reach out to the Lib Dems, etc for support. I will be voting for a splendid back bencher in my own constituency, but I hope we can arrange a hung parlaiment because it seems to be in the national interest to do so.
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