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The most right-wing government since the 1930s?

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#1 John Simkin

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Posted 29 November 2003 - 06:39 PM

Earlier on in the week I posted details on the the distribution of marketable wealth. In 1996 (the year before Blair took power) the richest 1% of the population had 20% of the nationís wealth. By 2001 this had increased to 23%. The increase under Blair is the largest since the end of the Second World War, including the period under Margaret Thatcher. The poorest half of the population had 7% of the wealth in 1996. After four years of Blairís government their share has dropped to 5%.

This week we have seen a couple of more dramatic shifts to the right. This includes an Asylum policy that is driven by the desire to pander to bigots and racists. Some aspects of this policy, the removal of children from their parents, will contravene several articles in the UN convention of the rights of the child.

In the debate in the House of Commons on the Labour governmentís proposals for the new parliament, Michael Howard was forced to attack these measures from the left of Blair.

The week ended with the Home Secretary described a man arrested by the police: ďThis individual posed a very real threat to the life and liberty of our country. This person has connections with the network of al-Qaida groups.Ē This is clearly a breach of the laws of contempt of court and there is now no possibility of the man receiving a fair hearing in court. As one lawyer said ďitís hard to think of anything more prejudicial to say about any body now than that they are linked to al-Qaida.Ē

My question is this. Is the Blair government the most right-wing and authoritarian government in Britain since the 1930s?

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Posted 30 November 2003 - 11:20 AM

Yes. But why do they feel the need to be?

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Posted 30 November 2003 - 12:02 PM

MacDougull : Scotland's Shame - www.zmag.org/weluser.htm

Edited by John, 30 November 2003 - 12:03 PM.

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