I freely admit I come from a privileged background; I had a good education and a supportive family. I was brought up understanding the values of working hard at school and aspiring to a good career of my own. I am not by any stretch of the imagination “working class”.
Historians will judge the David Cameron years as those that led up to the Brexit referendum. But he should also be remembered for leading a coalition government that fizzed with ideas and innovative ways of making our country and the wider world a fairer, better place.
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.
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