Did Labour policies worsen the recession? Why did social mobility slow down on Labour’s watch? Has SureStart improved the prospects of tomorrow’s children? Does politics ever actually change anything? In their new book The Verdict and this debate, Polly Toynbee and David Walker investigate these questions and more, providing a telling analysis of Labour’s longest term in office, and a fascinating account of the role of politics in public life. They compare election promises with government policy, and use real-world stories and incisive commentary to illustrate the impact of Labour’s government on the lives of British people. From the gleeful consumerism of the boom times to the misery of the economic bust, Toynbee and Walker assess the era of Blair and Brown and ask What Have Labour Done?
Polly Toynbee and David Walker are the co-authors of many books including Unjust Rewards: Exposing Greed and Inequality in Britain Today and audits of Labour’s first and second terms: Did Things Get Better? and Better or Worse, Did Labour Deliver? Polly Toynbee is an author and a political and social commentator for the Guardian. David Walker edits Public and was formerly chief leader writer of the Independent.
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