ref date:26 Aug 1999 (ECON)
Labour spending less on public services than Thatcher ever did
Labour will spend an average of 39.4 % of the gross "UK" GDP between 1997 and 2001 on public services.
Compare this to the % spendings of past "British governments"
Thatcher 1979-1990 43%
Major 1990-1997 41.4%
Wilson/Callaghan 1974-1979 45.4%
Wilson 1964-1970 39.9%
Of course Blair and his ministers say they are 'targetting' the money they do
spend more wisely. Really? Thats why we still have 60,000 Scottish children
below the EU poverty line, and tens of thousand of council homes in Scotland
falling to pieces. Longer NHS lists than ever and severe road congestion.
Yes Mr Blair, we all believe you (NOT).