He introduced the minimum wage, unemployment was at its lowest in around 30 years, repealed Section 28 amongst other things. There will be some that say he was fortunate to enter power during an economic boom- one that Merseyside benefitted greatly from him. I never liked him personally but I won't slate his first few years in charge.
Okay for the minimum wage (automatically indexed?). I guess the 'some' are right though. The French say the same about Jospin at the same period.
Blair signed up the Amsterdam Treaty. He advocated for deregulation and electricity liberalization at the Barcelona Summit 2002. With regards to that he did nothing to repair the damage caused by Thatcher.
And don't forget his aggressive attitude towards Iraq started in 1998 (Desert Fox Operation)
. Next stop was Kosovo.
Maastricht Treaty - Signed the treaty after opting out of the social chapter & EMU - what a partner we were/are! European interference in the workplace, the UK was going to stumble with this one, particularly a tory government. Eight years later the UK (labour) signed up to the social chapter if I remember correctly.
Lol and opting out EMU was a bad thing, you think? Come to the continent and see the damage done, dude ! It's the best thing John "Carlisle" Major did.
Social chapter? There's nothing social in the Maastricht Treaty. I'll just to remind you of art. 63 of the TFEU:
CAPITAL AND PAYMENTS
(ex Article 56 TEC)
1. Within the framework of the provisions set out in this Chapter, all restrictions on the
movement of capital between Member States and between Member States and third countries shall be
2. Within the framework of the provisions set out in this Chapter, all restrictions on payments
between Member States and between Member States and third countries shall be prohibited
There can be nothing social after this.
No social agreement without protectionism, a strong state and economic patriotism. A social state can only be national.
By the way, keeping budget sovereignty is one of the few points in Thatcher's favour (I want my money back !!), just like the Malvinas War (I've changed my mind about this) and keeping QE2 afloat.
Originally Posted by AdeyC
Whilst I wouldn't word it the way you have - celebrating the death of a democratically elected leader is pretty despicable.
I don't believe in democracy².
And Gaddafi's death (I mean barbarious assassination) was celebrated worldwide, despite all the good thing that he's done ...