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The exact moment that the British public lost its faith in the benefits system has been pinpointed by researchers.

Tony Blair’s famous pronouncement in 1999 that welfare should be “a hand-up, not a hand-out” in reference to Labour’s New Deal policies coincided with a fundamental change in public attitudes towards benefits claimants, according to a paper published today by academics at the University of Bristol.

Using data from the British Social Attitudes survey, the researchers argue that around the time Mr Blair introduced his fresh approach to the benefits system, public opinion on the subject reached a “point of intersection”.

Full story in the Independent

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+2 #2 Blackcat 2014-09-26 05:53
Personally I would go back further than 1999. In 1918 Sidney Webb drafted the Labour Party constitution, Clause 4 made a commitment to the 'common ownership of the means of production,dist ribution and exchange' Tony Blair abolished Clause 4 at the party conference in 1994. That was when the spin really kicked in on just about every issue.
For every action there is a reaction, for the Tories we had Jonathan Aitken,Jeffrey Archer,and Neil Hamilton, and for Nu-Labor,Tony Blair,Peter Mandelson, and Alastair Campbell. Try working out who is the Chairman of this 'Porkie Party' :-*
+5 #1 Jim Allison 2014-09-25 19:22
Blair will always be regarded by most as B.Liar. I was unfortunately like many taken in by his promises and voted for when he was first elected.

One of the biggest regrets of my life :sad:

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