ALAN Cotter looks to be
attempting to reorder the
run of recent history.

Independent observers
have defined Labour’s 13
years in office (1997-2010), as
the most incompetent era of
parliamentary governance in
the history of it, and in the
same breath, state that what
Mr Cotter glibly refers to as
‘Britain’s woes’, are all fairly
and squarely caused by
Labour’s remiss discharge of
its stewardship.

Messrs Blair/Brown
tripled the NHS budget, but
‘reorganized’ the service in
such a way that the prioritisation
of bureaucracy over
patient care, led to thousands
of patients entering NHS
hospitals to be cared for and
cured but being killed by
what was supposed to cure
them, due to lack of leadership,
responsibility and care.

Labour also failed to initiate
modernisation of the
nuclear power stations.
Only a minority of state
schools match the ‘centre of
educational excellence’ status
held by all schools in the
private education sector:
Labour did nothing to
improve this, and it is only
latterly, with the introduction
of the academies programme,
that this long-time
void in state education is
being addressed.

Labour failed to regulate
the banking sector with any
degree of effectiveness in
order to help fund the exponential
increase in welfare
dependency demanded by
socialist political philosophy
during those 13 years.

It is easy for you to say Mr
Cotter, but you must try to
stop seeing it as welfare as it
is wholly funded by the taxpayer,
so often providing
unearned (and undeserved)
income, from the sweat of
others’ brows, and it broke
the bank(s).

Britain’s welfare benefit
system, as it is, is going to
have to be almost wholly
phased out, as it is perniciously
unaffordable, and the
EU, far from being a safe
haven, is a direct threat to
the UK, due to the stagnant
(no economic growth) and
indeed downright deflationary
trend presently showing
in the Eurozone economy —
due to the single currency
(and misregulation); unemployment
in Greece and
Spain of 25 per cent (and in
many other EU areas, over 12
per cent) and the EU being
highly ‘welfarised’, this slow
developing, economic train
crash can only end in tears.

As well as you stating your
degree of confusion, you
have got me confused now,
too, as I don’t understand
your use of the term ‘of benefit
to Britain’, as you apply
it, both to the Labour Party,
and to the EU.

Paddy Keenan,
Ward Close,