Great British Prime Ministers

avon

Forum Staff
May 2008
14,253
#21
No, I think not, in my opinion he will be remembered as the blithering idiot who destroyed the link between the Labour Party and socialism.
Is that necessarily a bad thing?? I mean, socialism as could be found through Old Labour, doesn't really live on in Britain as much as it did before Thatcher. People are home-owners now, they have shares. I think the British populace moved generally to the right and Tony Blair (and John Smith (sadly missed), Robin Cook (also missed), Gordon Brown) simply dragged Labour where that new set of expectations were. I don't really see all that many traditional socialists around these days so what use would a political party that represents them be to the rest of us??

On the other hand, I too could be wrong...........
 

Toltec

Ad Honorem
Apr 2008
7,923
Hyperborea
#22
Socialism generally emerges when the country is in recession. So perhaps with the war in Iraq and the economic collapse, Blair and Brown could be responcible returning the Labour Party to Socialism in the near future.
 

avon

Forum Staff
May 2008
14,253
#23
Socialism generally emerges when the country is in recession. So perhaps with the war in Iraq and the economic collapse, Blair and Brown could be responcible returning the Labour Party to Socialism in the near future.
Capitalism has been sampled. The current economic crisis will pass in a few years and homeownership will be all important and shares will be in every second persons pocket once again. Any move towards socialism will then be reversed once again!! Funny thing is, however, that I sense a small measure of delight in Gordon Brown's partial nationalisation of the banks a month or two back. Maybe he's a closet-socialist!!
 

galteeman

Ad Honorem
Apr 2008
2,198
Sodom and Begorrah
#26
Trying to sell Blair again.
Isn't Britain better off now by far than when he took over?
For example economic stats show Britain surpassing the US for the first time in yonks for per capita GDP. Also coming from 20 or 30% behind France and Germany to pass them out as well. More people than ever owning thier own homes as Avon says etc. So on raising standards of living a brilliant success.
I'll let him speak for himself from his resignation speech.

There is only one Government since 1945 that can say all of the following: more jobs, fewer unemployed, better health and education results, lower crime, and economic growth in every quarter - this one.
 

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