by Polly Toynbee and David Walker - £12.99 Bloomsbury (2005)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780747579823 | ISBN 10: 0747579822
Labour's second term is drawing to a close. What have they really achieved in the last four years?
Did Iraq overshadow all? Did public services improve? Were the targets reached, promises met? In Better or Worse? Toynbee and Walker take a thorough look at the state of hospitals, schools, trains, climate change, the constitution and the countryside and find the hard facts.
The verdict? Blair 2 delivered. Statistics show that Britain is safer, better educated, better off all round. Yet people don't believe it and the polls reveal the public mistrust. This is Labour's most profound failure. What caused this rift between perception and reality? Was it Blair's political style or the growing irresponsibility of the press?
Incisive, comprehensive and fair, Better or Worse? gets behind the personalities and the spin to reveal the true political picture of Blair's Britain now. This is an essential analysis of Labour Party performance during the last four years.
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