Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Things Can Only Get Better.

Remember that line from 1997 when it heralded the election of a New Labour government and the rebirth of hope for so many, including Mr Smith, but it would appear that for many of those who put their trust in the Labour Government it really didn't.

"The number of children living in poverty has risen for a second year, a government report says. The government called the rise in poverty levels "disappointing" and the increase may threaten its target of halving child poverty by 2010. The number of children living in poverty rose by 100,000 in 2006-2007 to 2.9 million before housing costs. Pensioner poverty increased for the first time since 1998, rising by 300,000 to a total of 2.5 million. The number of children and pensioners in poverty is greater once costs such as rent and mortgages are taken into account."

Between these and the 10p tax rate proposal fiasco, many Labour supporters will be scratching their heads and asking, 'Did things really get any better?' For a while perhaps, but now?

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