Who would have thought it, that the most damning indictment yet of “New” Labour’s failed policies would come not from the coalition or wider public but its own ranks, ie. a Labour peer - Roy Hattersley.
He has expressed grave concerns at the cumulative, detrimental effects of the expansion of both gambling and alcohol on the health and welfare of so many ordinary people, which are an unavoidable consequence when rules on the provision of these twin evils were relaxed a few years ago in response to lobbying from those industries.
That traditional Labour values could be cast aside so easily in favour of easy tax receipts in the short term, regardless of the potential harm to society, was appalling.
This is the real legacy of Blair and Brown, alongside youth unemployment, itself exacerbated by unlimited immigration and asylum, so is it any wonder Labour languishes in opposition, possibly for an indefinite period, especially if alternative voting is introduced for the next general election.
D S Boyes, Rodley Lane, Leeds