Andrew Simms - Tescopoly

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May 18, 2007



I have a very comfortable lifestyle which is down to in part the Labour government so should be acknowledged.

But in a few years if someone ask me my thoughts of Blair I am confident I would immediately say he led us into a war, at the behest of the American president, based on lies and cover-ups.

Where I would agree with the article is that once I step back and think a bit longer I would probably still be unlikely to get my first step on the property ladder and still be paying tax for grand, but poorly conceived projects, like the 2012 Olympics and the shiny new NHS computer system.


Aside from the war, it's the constant overspending and ever-increasing debts that are a worry. Although Blair may be officially resigning, the effects of his atrocious public spending record will be felt for years to come. Not only that but the constant barrage of stealth taxes, especially in London, cause people to borrow ludicrous amounts of money, on top of the insane state of the housing market. Constant borrowing and offsetting seems to be Blair's tactic, and he's forced it on us too.

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    Andrew Simms is Policy Director of the New Economics Foundation (NEF) and a board member of Greenpeace UK. He is the author of Tescopoly and writes on various issues including climate change and globalisation.