Thursday, May 29, 2014

A few comparisons




Thatcher/Major
Blair/Brown
Coalition
ID cards
Published Green Paper proposing a national database of personal details.
Legislated for national database and compulsory ID cards
Repealed database and ID legislation
Public photography
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Permitted arrest of anyone taking photographs near public buildings
Repealed the section in question (section 44 of Terrorism Act 2000)
State Pensions
Broke the link between state pension and the wage rate index
Did nothing, resulting in the farce one year of a 75p weekly increase
Established triple-lock: pensions tied to highest of 2.5%, the wage rate index and CPI
Top tax
Cut top rate of tax to 40%
Did nothing for twelve years, then introduced a top rate of 50% which lasted 36 days of their administration.
Set top rate at 45%.
Post Offices
Closed around 7,000  post offices
Closed a further 6,000 post offices
Ended programme of post office closures
Military invasions
Permitted US invasion of Grenada


Joined US in invasion of Iraq
Has resisted direct intervention in Libya, Syria, Iran


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