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Date: 2017-04-20 09:08 pm (UTC)
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I remember the utter relief when Blair won in 1997, and one of the things I was utterly relieved about was that this would stop the insane Tory PFI schemes. It didn't, not at all, but I don't think it's fair to blame Labour for starting them.

Labour did Sure Start, which is possibly the most forward-thinking scheme that's been introduced in my adult lifetime (and which the Tories have been systematically dismantling), and tax credits, which have kept me afloat as a single parent for the last twelve years (and which the Tories are replacing with Universal Credit, which is "Universal" in the sense that people like me don't qualify for it). A major source of stress over the last five years, since Cameron got elected, has been that if I lose my job they may cancel my tax credit claim and make me apply for universal credit instead. (Fortunately it's taken them so long to implement that by the time that happens K is going to be old enough that I won't be getting the tax credits anyway.)

I'm told the LibDems have changed their constitution such that a coalition now has to be agreed by a one-member-one-vote poll of the membership. I don't think the membership would agree to a Tory coalition, after last time. I'm in Cambridge, and voting Huppert; I think I agreed with him more often than Zeichner, although last time I voted Zeichner because I didn't trust Clegg.
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