Well firstly, to make the topic fairer, Good, Bad, Ugly Or Just Plain Beautiful would have been a better choice.
Tony Blair has done quite well I think despite all the bad press that he gets. On a scale of one to ten, probably 7.5 from me.
Internationally fine. €urope doesn't like it too much and he can't go much further without crashing out of government (Iraq issue), so he's fine.
Domestically. People expect too much. Improvements are coming in. Education for example has just shown an improvement in A Level and GCSE (hopefully
) results. While some newspapers, notably the Daily Telegraph, play down the issue, the facts speak for themselves. Students and teachers are working harder. The hypocritical point of view of such is that if the tests were made much harder, then the pass rate would be much lower, and the twats will still get up on their high horses and announce that students and teacher haven't done well at all.
Public services. People expect things too quickly on the whole. Health. It takes more than 5 years to train a doctor and yet people expect results in about 2 years, even 1. It is illogical to think that and it's all in the mind. The result of this is increased spin (whether it's good or bad) by the government to say that yes, short term statistics are used in a way to portray the health service as improving - which it is. However, the end result often is the fact that there are still too little doctors and nurses. It is human nature after all to remember the bad and mainly forget the good.
Education standards have increased and schools are getting more money to spend by themselves in the ways they feel fit. League tables indicate that schools are getting better. League tables themselves and the issue on whether they are helpful or not is arguable. The unhelpful camp say that it's not only statistics. I agree, it isn't. However, how does one measure effort for example? A D grade at GCSE may be spectacular for a person - 100%, however, do you measure that on a effort scale of 10?
Transport. Well this has been poor. Trains are improving but not much and the image of trains is not good. In essence, poor. With regards to air transport. I rate them 0. The white paper in the late 90s indicated an opening of UK skies to foreign airlines, notably Singapore Airlines, so that they can operate flights to the USA from the UK. In addition, one should note that the US has already given permission for the SIA flights, the UK has not. Weird.
Crime. It's going well, however there is still a lack of policepeople. Pay is low.
Economy. Absolutely fantastic. The prudence of the Chancellor is a testament to the Labour government. The economy is going well and unemployment is at 3.1% - the lowest since 1975.
Spin. Disastrous but you need spin doctors. Jo Moore case was a shambles and the DoT used it too much. Alistair Campbell is a scapegoat but that is not to excuse his efforts, sometimes failed, to manipulate the media.
So Tony Blair and his government are doing farely well. However, everyone, I included, want things done soon / immediately. This is frankly not possible. It is a shame but it's the truth, however we would rather concentrate on something that can be aimed for, rather than waiting for something to be aimed for.
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