While one can certainly criticise the Blair-Brown decade, one would hope for something a little less jejune than this epistle from Guardian New York correspondent Gary Younge, published in The Nation: Labour Crowns King Brown
As the co-architect of New Labour, Brown is implicated in every important aspect of the Blair agenda. It is an agenda defined as much by what it opposed--the left--as what it effectively was--a government of the European center-right. True, it had progressive elements. New Labour vastly increased investment in health and education, ushered in the minimum wage, civil unions for same-sex couples, devolution for Scotland and Wales and reduced child poverty. But all this came with caveats and within a context designed to limit the impact of their agenda if not undermine it altogether. Health and education were partly privatized, university tuition fees were introduced, the minimum wage was set too low, economic inequalities increased.
So apart from the extensive centre-left policies enumerated above - and the massive increase in public spending, the rollout of Sure Start, longer maternity leave and pay, action on Africa, an ambitious climate change agenda, and dozens of other policies - Labour is actually a centre-right government? Sorry, I don't buy it. Younge is clearly of the Old Left - the type so ably satirised almost 30 years ago in The Life of Brian.