Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Heffer on Blair

Simon Heffer writes about Blair's legacy in the Telegraph:

Why have we come to this? Because the family has broken down, our schools are spavined and, in some areas, law and order is now merely a rhetorical concept.

Apparently Heffer neglects all the statistics which prove that over the last ten years many things have changed for the better. Inflation and interest rates are down, 700,000 children have been lifted out of poverty, employment is up, GCSE levels are up.

Heffer also says:

But the extra taxes we have paid have been wasted, not least in putting 700,000 socially unproductive people on the public payroll, where they can gratefully vote for Gordon Brown in perpetuity.

I don't know which civil servants Heffer is refering to, but I think most of them do a fairly good job and are not politically biased.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

To be fair, your both looking at different things: I wonder whether that writer would define poverty as you do. People with more resources are more capable of being anti-social, as they don't have to share! As people become more and more able to do things for themselves, self interest can become less and less enlightened and still provide comfortable living. That's not to say that things will necsecceraly go down the tube of course! More power and wealth could mean more leasure, as more and more of the populace approach the aristocratic independance that was originally the domain of only a few. This would require a different attitude however, with a stop to arbritrary global compitition, and the introduction of moderation that puts the operating requirements of human beings at the top. I'm not talking walled garden economics, I'm talking trade agreements that include as a basis the treatment of human rights and work-life balence. The question is whether it is actually practicable.