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21/05/01
'Massive Issues' Inspire Blair
- PM slams talk of two-party consensus

TONY BLAIR has hit out at those who believe the lack of interest in the election is mainly explained by the similarities between his Labour Party and the opposition Tories.

"I have never heard such rubbish in all my life," the Prime Minister said. "There are massive issues at stake here - on the economy, jobs, public services and Europe."

At the same time, Blair was keen to reiterate his party's backing for partly-privatising public services, to restate the governments ideas for clamping down on asylum seekers and even to make noises about future cuts to income tax.

In a further blow to his opponents on the left, Blair also gave his backing to the private school sector. "Those people who send their children to public [i.e private] schools, part of their taxes will go to the state school system," the PM said.

On Europe, Blair was more convincing in his attempt to draw a clear line between the two major parties. The Tory idea of re-negotiating parts of various European Treaties would entail "utter humiliation or exit - a policy that is completely irresponsible," Blair railed.




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