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11/05/01
Private Sector Handed Keys to Blair's Kingdom
- 'Enterprise' to be given its head in public services, says PM

PRIVATISATION of the Tube is hugely unpopular with voters in London, but that will not stop the Labour Party from farming out more and more public servies to the private sector after the election.

That is the clear message spelled out in Labour's manifesto, published today, which promises investment in health and education, but with the stinging proviso that "there must be reform as well."

Reform in this case means more public-private partnership schemes along the lines of the Tube and the hospital and schools building programme already underway across the country.

"There will be no ideological bar to the nature of reform,"Prime Minster Tony Blair said. "The spirit of enterprise should apply as much to public services as to business."

Labour timed the unveiling of its manifesto well, coming on the day new unemployment figures showed another drop in the amount of those out of work, from 986,000 to 975, 800,a 25 year low.

Meanwhile, despite riding high in the official opinion polls, Labour suffered one set back today when it emerged Tony Blair was far behind Tory leader Willian Hague in one survey. A London bookshop revealed that underpants bearing the slogan 'I Love William Hague' were outselling their Blairite counterpart by a ratio of ten to one.




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