Tony Blair has called the general election for May 5. He did this as
opinion polls show a sharp fall in Labour support, down to 37% of the
electorate, with the Tories close behind at 34% and the Liberal
Democrats at 21%. This would indicate another Blair victory but with a
much reduced majority and with significant layers of the working class
voting for nobody. There will be no street parties this time.
Way back in 1959, the then Tory prime minister, Harold Macmillan, went
into an election with the slogan that Britain has “never had it so
good.” Now, according to Gordon Brown, the UK has enjoyed, under his
stewardship, the longest period of sustained economic growth since
1701! However, it does not say much for capitalism and the British
variety of it that the longest period of economic growth in its history
is just seven years.
Jamie Oliver’s television programme has highlighted the scandal of junk
food school meals being served up to British children by private firms.
In some cases a pathetic 37p is being spent per child. This is the
inevitable consequence of allowing profit hungry privateers anywhere
near our children’s health and education.