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Labor Not As Good As Ring Claims

Labor Not as Good As Ring Claims

People unfamiliar with the British political scene reading the column by Michael Ring '00 ["The Real Rose of Britain," May 1], could be forgiven for believing that Mr. Blair and his "New Labour" government had rescued the nation from the brink of disaster. Having grown up in Britain, I feel some reality needs to be appended to the points made.

Labour, advertised as the party who will give more educational choice to parents, has axed the Assisted Places Scheme whereby pupils from low income families could attend private school with the government paying the bill. And only a few weeks ago, an official from the University of Oxford declared that Oxford was in danger of losing its place in the "world league" due to Labour's "aversion to elitism," by cutting fees to colleges. What kind of service are Labour doing to Britain's educational system if this is the outcome?

The Labour Party is benefiting from the tough economic policies made in the latter years of the Conservative administration and yet, inevitably, are taking credit themselves. They have presided over enough scandals to keep pace with the previous government.

Labour has injected a much-needed boost into politics in Great Britain. But let us not pretend that they have all the answers to the nation's problems.

Tom G. Reynolds G