Another New Labour Monument
Social cohesion. A drippy phrase; an important idea. And it turns out that it has improved over the past decade. A huge New Labour achievement, repairing the damage done by the bad side of Thatcherism.
The Cabinet Office has published the Community Life Survey, which finds that 78 per cent of people say that they feel they belong to their neighbourhood, up from 70 per cent in 2003; and 87 per cent say that “people from different backgrounds get on well together” in their local area, up from 80 per cent 10 years ago.
Those who decry the past 30 years as one long misery of neoliberalism and Tony Blair and Gordon Brown as mere copies of Thatcher and Major will not recognise that New Labour was the end of Thatcherism, not its continuation.Tagged in: contemporary history, New Labour, social cohesion
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