Labour fought the last election on promises to implement a mass programme of nationalisation, which included the energy, water, rail and mail sectors including some PFI deals. But it doesn’t end there!
A political consensus is emerging here at Westminster about what has to be done to save the NHS which we all know is in crisis. The main cause that has been targeted is social care, which has been created by an ageing population and yes, cuts to local Government.
Since I last wrote we have had a budget. Always a high-risk moment for any Chancellor but this one went off relatively smoothly. The only real shock in it were the growth figures, which were projected downwards.
An impetuous push for independence by the Catalans, coupled with a ham-fisted hardline response from the Spanish Government in Madrid has given the country its biggest constitutional crisis in the 42 years since the death of the dictator General Franco.
This week Parliament breaks up for the Summer recess and not a moment too soon! MPs from across the floor are tired and fractious and need to regenerate themselves before an Autumn session when difficult decisions will have to be made.
With Britain embarking on momentous changes in its trading and diplomatic relationships and with Labour consumed by a damaging ideological struggle, the last thing the country needs is another general election, soon.
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