Promises, promises from Labour
Forward Wales the Welsh Socialist Party
Forward Wales Councillor Dave Bithell has slammed Labour's six election pledges
as nothing short of disgraceful. He said the gap between rich and poor was
getting wider under Labour.
Cllr Bithell, who represents Johnstown on Wrexham Council, said Tony Blair's
pre-election stunt in flying around various parts of England by helicopter
fooled no-one. He offered his own analysis of Labour's six
"Your family's better off - Labour has overseen the widening in the gap between
rich and poor since 1997. Working Family Tax Credits subsidise low-paying bosses
as much as they help working families.
Your child achieving more - Labour's attacks on free education have seen more
and more youngsters drop out of college due to debts, more first-time buyers
can't afford to buy a house where they grew up and job insecurity is at an
all-time high. For the first time in generations, it's not possible to say our
children will have a better quality of life than their parents.
Your children with the best start - Nursery provision is private in most parts
of Wales and costs £100 a week for one child. Thousands of working parents pay
because they need to work to pay other bills. Is being away from your parents
always the best start?
Your family treated better and faster - One in nine people in Wales are on an
NHS waiting list - more than 300,000 people. It would be difficult to be treated
worse and more slowly. The targets announced are for England only but this was
not made clear in any media reports. Does Tony Blair realise that devolution has
Your community is safer - Labour's failure to deal honestly with illegal drugs
as a major cause of crime means that crime remains a major problem in many
Your country's borders protected - Labour has played the racist card over asylum
and immigration while turning a blind eye to the gangmasters and businesses
profiting from migrant workers. The UK (and the world) is a far more dangerous
place to live because Blair backed Bush in his illegal war on Iraq."
Cllr Bithell added: "Labour has nothing to say about caring for the environment,
pensions and care for the elderly, affordable housing, defending public services
and improving public transport because it has failed the test on all these
important issues. He might as well promise better weather given the promises
he's made and broken in the past."
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