From the mid-1970s British Steel was losing money hand over fist. It pursued a strategy of concentrating steelmaking in five areas:
South Wales, South Yorkshire, Scunthorpe, Teesside and . Scotland
Under the Labour government of
, a review by James Callaghan Lord had led to the reprieve of the so-called 'Beswick plants', for social reasons. This policy continued following the Conservative victory in the 1979 General Election. But subsequent governments were obliged under EU rules to withdraw subsidies. Yes the same EU so beloved of the Labour Party. Beswick
High manufacturing costs, a downturn in shipbuilding, the loss of subsidies, free-market economics and overseas competition contributed to the closure of Ravenscraig in 1991.
But not to worry, the Scottish Labour Party’s very own television show, ‘Reporting Scotland’ can be depended on to slavishly pass the message on.
As for the manifesto itself? A few things catch the eye.
Sure enough – it starts with a desperate attempt by this discredited mob to associate themselves with the bravery of soldiers in
The manifesto was about "rebuilding our society with fairness at its heart",
droned. But you have to hand it to him. He is big enough to admit, that after 13 years of Labour rule, our society needs rebuilding. Mr Murphy
Anyone who may be confused by the idea of
being Labour’s rottweiler in Mogadon Murphy has to take into consideration the toothless glove puppet that leads the party north of the border. Scotland
Scottish Labour leader
, under some illusion that he will ever be in power, was granted permission to insist that the Scottish party would parallel English pledges where they were devolved. Iain Gray
So, just doing what
tells you then Iain. London
A promise to keep business taxes "as low as possible", includes a promise not to raise income tax rates.
This was a pledge that was also in the 2005 document - and later broken
Powers to sack chief constables if they fail to meet minimum standards within three years. And as a "last resort", failing forces to be taken over by more successful constabularies.
Watch out for this one. As funding is cut/more demands made. This will surely be used to reduce the number forces in a move towards Brown’s long held plans of one police force for one police state.
Public right to recall MPs not disciplined in Parliament after being found guilty of gross financial misconduct.
Easily bypassed. Guess who will decide what constitutes gross financial misconduct? Guess who will slap the guilty on the wrists? No one will ever be recalled.
Nothing about their commitment to privatising Royal Mail. Something, which not so long ago, was considered essential to saving it from oblivion.
Referendums on the alternative vote method of electing MPs and proportional representation in an elected House of Lords, before 2011.
Well where have we heard a referendum pledge before?
Powers for supporters' trusts to be able to buy stakes in football clubs.