Look on the bright side she says. Labour\’s performed wonders and we should remember that. OK:
The past decade risks being re-written as a time when huge spending delivered nothing much; when social programmes failed – never to be tried again.
Labour tested to destruction the idea that State services were failing simply because of a lack of resources. They threw money at both the health and the education systems, to the point where we spend more on education than comparable European countries and yet still get worse results.
The NHS produces worse results on avoidable deaths (ie, those amenable to the health care system, rather than diet, genetics etc) than either the French or American systems.
We now know (many of us knew it before but it\’s even clearer now) that *how* you spend the money is as if not more important than how much money you spend.
So, yes, we should be gratefuol to Labour for teaching us this.
Unfortunately, that doesn\’t sem to be the lesson Polly has taken from all this.