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Tony Blair for President of the European Council

Nowhere did I feel that frustration more keenly than in the Socialist Group in the Parliament. I am proud of what Labour has achieved since 1997. We have powerful Labour market policies which have created employment, made work pay and lifted families out of poverty. We have anti-discrimination and social integration policies which are second to none. Whenever I invited Socialist MEPs to the UK to look at our work they were genuinely impressed. Yet, within the Socialist Group we were constantly being lectured over our lack of social policy. Most stridently by the French whose social policy seems to me to be no more than a conspiracy by those in work against those out of work, hence the exodus of young talent to London.

jobs have been created in the public sector, not the private sector duting the boom times); wages have been stagnant except at the top, and UK poverty is one of the highest in the OECD. Thanks to "powerful Labour market policies" (what an Orwellian combination, btw)

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat Oct 10th, 2009 at 06:48:16 AM EST

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