Note: the text is based on Dr Michael Pearce's transcripts of tapes held at the Election Broadcast
Archive, University of Leeds.
18th May 1983
ACTRESS IMPERSONATING THATCHER:
We Tories believe in policies that will
create real jobs. We have established the essential foundations for a sound
You've heard a lot like that from the Tories and over the next
few weeks you'll hear a lot more. And it'll all be equally false. The tragic
truth is that the Conservative government of Mrs Thatcher has been destroying
the foundation for a sound economy. Two million extra people have been
thrown on the dole, one for every sixty seconds of Tory government. It's
by far the biggest increase in unemployment in the industrial world. Our
young people, the future of the country, form forty percent of the jobless
total. Two out of three school leavers can't find work.
And even if you've
got a job you're paying at least six pounds more in real terms in taxes
than you did four years ago despite the Tory promises to cut those taxes.
Total output is down twelve percent on 1979 despite the fact that we've
had the bonus of North Sea oil. Imports are up by twelve percent. Investment
is down by thirty-six percent. Do you think this is economic success? We're
told Tory policy has led to a leaner, more efficient and productive industry.
Thirty-four thousand firms have gone bust under the Tories; prices have
risen by fifty-one percent; our factories' production is down by nineteen
percent. Success! In Thatcher's Britain only the demolition men have got
And now you're being asked to vote for more of the same
thing. The people round here don't want more of the same. Unemployment's
bad enough in London and the south east, but in Coventry in Liverpool in
South Wales in Glasgow in Northern Ireland it's totally unacceptable. Everybody,
young and old, black and white, men and women has got the right to work.
Jobs are absolutely linked with the economy, they go hand in hand. So to
start putting the economy right the thing to do is to get Britain working
again, and only Labour has worked out a programme for doing just that.
It won't be easy and it won't be quick, but it can be done and for our
country it must be done. Labour is committed to getting Britain working
again, by investing in industry, investing in construction, investing in
KINNOCK IN STUDIO:
A new factory means new jobs long before it even
opens. With new machinery the factory means real lasting jobs for engineers
and steel-workers. People earn more, and now they can buy the goods they
want and need. Shops flourish with the increased trade so still more factories
have full order loads. Increased production leads to increased efficiency
and so to increased competitiveness abroad - better chances for exports.
Exports need the ships to carry them, so another cruelly hit industry starts
to grow again. And the biggest benefit of all is social. Lessening the
financial worries means a happier more secure family and the knowledge
that the youngsters of Britain have a real chance for the future. The Tories
are always negative. They say 'We can't afford it and this is no time for
expansion'. Leading British economist, Professor Morris Peston, believes
exactly the opposite.
It is only fair to judge a government by its record.
This Tory government must certainly be assessed by its economic performance
which has been disastrous. Whether we look at output or manufacturing investment
or employment they've all been going down, and they've been going down
as a result of this government's policy actions, not as the result of any
evil outside forces or as a result of bad luck, they've been the result
of government policy. And then it follows, it stands to reason that what
we require is the reversal of such policies and then we'll start to move
forward again. And the essence of that reversal will be a rise in oublic
expenditure to get industry going and also a cut in taxes which will also
lead to a rise in private expenditure. The two together will provide a
basis, as long as they're kept going, for sustainable advance which will
at last get this country back to work again, and at last get it producing
at maximum capacity.
An expansionary set of moves as a basis for the way forward:
that's Labour's economic policy, and Labour's Chancellor of the Exchequer
will be Peter Shore.
If at the general election four years ago I had said to
you that if you had elected a Conservative government Britain would have
three and a half million people unemployed four years later I don't think
you would have believed me. You'd've said that that was a a wild political
er exaggeration. But of course that has been our experience. And it is
er ironic indeed, that the very government that has created this appalling
problem for Britain should now claim that governments can do nothing at
all in order to reverse the trend. And that it was they're saying. They're
saying that Britain is stuck with three and a half million unemployed and
that there is nothing that government or anyone else can do about it. But
I say that's a council of despair and I don't believe it, and on the contrary
I believe that there's a great deal that government can do. Governments
are not all powerful, we know that, but the impact of government on the
economy, the impact of government on job-creation, is very great. And what
I want to do, is to use the resource of government, the power of government,
not to destroy jobs, but to create them.
And I believe we can do it. I
believe we can do it if we set about bringing into use, all those idle
resources of plant and machinery, of capital and of course of people who
want to work, who want to contribute to our national life, and who want
to help meet the enormous and varied needs of all our people. But in given
the depth of our present slump it is government that has got to make the
first move. It is government that has got to increase, not decrease, increase
its expenditure - at least initially - in order to get the economy moving
again. That it was I intend to do. Not a wild splurge, but a clear increase
of something of the order of six percent expenditure in our first year
and yes, some cut too in the great burden of taxation that we now have
Of course Mrs Thatcher says 'where's the money coming from?' but
the answer to that you know isn't difficult to find. We will need to borrow,
we need to borrow I reckon about six billion pounds a year. More than twelve
billion pounds a year have been leaving Britain to be invested by the managers
of great institutions - your money and my money in pension funds and insurance
companies - in the industries and in the economies of our competitors overseas.
I want only about a half of that sum to really start the first major move
to get Britain back to work. And in addition to that, I want to see the
massive oil revenues from Britain turned to productive use, to refurbish
and strengthen our industries throughout the land. We certainly need to.
Now I believe the government can, as I say, change the whole prospect,
providing they have the support of the people, of this country. We've got
to change, there is an alternative, and we must seize it on election day.
The biggest single problem facing the economy is unemployment.
An effective positive programme to create jobs will rebuild the economy
and only one party has concentrated on creating such a programme. But a
positive programme can't be put into effect without positive support. On
June the ninth you have the opportunity to vote. Are you going to vote
your children out of a future? Are you going to vote for another thirty-four
thousand firms to close, or are you going to act positively and vote 'yes'
MAN IN STREET:
Well, I feel that Labour at the moment are the only party
that we have to put this country back where it should be.
Well, since the Conservatives have been in power unemployment
has risen you know so high. I've now graduated with a degree and I'm still
unemployed, you know, on the long list.
Erm I've always been Labour but I'm, you know, more than
ever now by what's by what I've seen happening around me you know.
I've got the qualifications and that but there's no jobs
going. I can't get 'em, don't wanna know.
Well I think we've had enough oppression in the country,
you know with er capital this capitalist motivated government, and I think
that we've just got to have an alternative.
Well I hope that Labour's gonna do something about it.
Great international companies are demonstrating
their faith in Britain's future by choosing this country, under a Conservative
government, as the location for major expansion. This is the way to get
thousands of extra jobs for Britain.
Every hour since the Tories came to power yet another firm
has bitten the dust. That's right, every time Big Ben has gone bong one
more firm has gone bust. That's a hundred and sixty-four firms a week,
eight and a half thousand firms a year, thirty four thousand firms gone
in the four years since Britain decided it would be better off with the
Conservatives. And the worst thing is, the shut-downs are speeding up.
Of those thirty-four thousand closures, twelve thousand were in 1982. Multiply
that by five more years of Tory mismanagement and another sixty thousand
firms will have disappeared, and God knows how many millions more jobs,
how many millions more onto the breadline, how many millions more children
without a future.
It's the biggest industrial collapse in sixty years. No other developed
European nation has suffered so badly. And if the Tories hadn't had twenty
billion pounds worth of oil wealth to bail them out, things would've been
even worse. Just look what's happened since 1979. Industrial output down
by a fifth, car output down by a quarter, textiles output down by a third,
steel output down by a half. In fact in 1982 for the first time ever Britain
imported more industrial goods than it exported. But the Tories claim that
it's only inefficient, uncompetitive firms that are going under. They'll
tell you that Britain can't compete till its lazy, overpaid workers become
So, how productive have the Tories made the British worker?
Even with three and a half million unemployed and the threat of more output
per worker has risen only five per cent in the last four years. But in
the previous four years output per worker rose fourteen per cent, because
Labour and the unions worked together. So much for the Tory claim to be
making Britain more efficient. But why have they failed to do so? Quite
simply they've refused to invest Britain's vital savings and oil riches
where they're most desperately needed: in Britain. Instead they've invested
in the dole queue, spending seventeen thousand million pounds, yes seventeen
thousand million pounds, on maintaining the worst level of unemployment
since the 1930s. Since 1979 Tory investment abroad has been bleeding Britain
to death. Total investment abroad has been a monstrous thirty-five thousand
million pounds, and while the Tories have helped Britain's competitors
grow stronger investment in Britain's industry is down by a third. By starving
Britain of money the Tories are literally demolishing British industry
brick by brick. Look what happens when they say no to new factories: brickworks
go bust, and glassworks, timber mills, electrical suppliers, plumbing suppliers.
Their workers lose jobs so they can't buy clothes, the clothing shops go
bust and their workers, and clothing factories go bust and their workers.
There's only one way to stop this Tory demolition job. It's
by voting Labour on June 9th. Labour rebuilt war-damaged Britain after
1945 and Tory-damaged Britain after 1973. The moment you bring Labour back
we'll start an emergency programme of investment in Britain's investment
starved industry, transport, housing, new technology. Here's just one example
of how it works. Invest money in sorely needed new homes and brickworks
earn money. And all the other construction industries, they all need to
take on new workers. The workers stop getting dole money and start buying
clothes for their children again. Clothing shops order more from the clothing
factories. The clothing factories order more from the textile industry,
and all along the line more workers come off the dole and start buying
things again. And that's just one example of how by investing in Britain,
Labour can get Britain working again. But the Tories will tell you this
is all pie in the sky. They'll tell you no - Britain can't afford the billions
of pounds it will cost. Under the Tories that's absolutely true.
When the Tories say we can't afford it, what do they mean?
Do they mean we haven't the resources to do it? Of course we have. There
are three million and more of them standing in the dole queue. If they
were back at work, they could increase total output by about thirty thousand
million pounds a year. And with that amount we could treble the education
budget, or we could increase the house-building programme more than ten-fold.
Or we could nearly double investment in private industry. Or perhaps they
mean we can't finance it. Why not borrow then? Because, as we're told so
often, we mustn't spend more than we earn. But every house-owning family
in the country borrowed to but its house. Every expanding firm borrows
to finance its growth. And since 1979 we have lent our foreign competitors
thirty-five thousand million pounds. If it's all right for them to borrow
our money, why can't we borrow our own and invest it here in Britain?
For the past four years the Tories have been demolishing
Britain's industry. Demolishing Britain's jobs. Demolishing the lives of
British people everywhere. Now on June 9th they want you to vote for five
more years of the same bitter medicine. Are you really going to vote your
firm out of business? Are you going to vote yourself out of a job? Are
you going to vote for retirement at sixteen? Or are you going to think
positive, act positive, and vote 'yes' for Labour?
I think this government, I think it's just destroying everything
it's de- destroying employment as much as anything else and not putting
anything in its place.
Mrs Thatcher has an economic answer but it's it's an economic
answer that does a few people a lot of good but not the majority as a whole.
I mean if North Sea's here oil is here it really ought to
be good for the British people and not others.
I believe and I'm going to vote Labour cos I believe the
Labour party will increase expenditure and that will find its way through
and that will therefore benefit industry.
Well I think that er the er oil probably could've been
er much better spent than it has been, er it should certainly should have
been used as an investment into business and er er far more so than it
I believe that the only chance for the future of the British
people, and particularly the eleven million poor and the unemployed and
everyone else is that er, we have to have a socialist government
Think positive, act positive, vote Labour.
27th May 1983
Homelessness, waste, desolation, destruction, vandalism
and apathy. These are the consequences of bad social policies and like
dominoes the knock-on effect of one bad one is unstoppable. This Tory government
has seriously damaged the economy, and this has had a bad effect on everything
else. First of all, there's unemployment. We don't apologise for reminding
you again that two million more jobs have been lost under the Tories and
thirty-four thousand firms have gone bust. Unemployment breeds poverty.
By May 1982, six and a half million people were on supplementary benefit.
People on the breadline can't afford the basic necessities of life. Prescription
charges have gone up from twenty pence, to one pound forty - an increase
of six hundred percent. Since 1979, electricity prices have gone up by
eighty four percent, and gas by a hundred and fifteen percent. Telephones
become luxuries, so two hundred and thirty-seven thousand lines were disconnected
in 1982. And of course housing suffers. This Tory government has the worst
housing record since the 1920s. Fewer houses were started in 1982 than
in any year since 1925. Council rents have doubled. Mortgage payments have
gone up by one quarter. There are more than one million homes that have
been condemned as unfit for human habitation, with three and a half million
people living in them. Two and a half million homes are seriously affected
by damp, with all the health risks to those people living in them.
We are faced today in May 1983 with a dire housing crisis,
especially in our inner cities. But just as the Labour government of 1945
got down to it and rebuilt our country, so will we when we win the election.
We have a positive programme for action and our first priority will be
to out people back to work. We will build the factories, we will build
the schools, we will build the hospitals that people so desperately need.
And our aim also will be to secure a decent home for everyone. So Labour
will give local councils the means to build fifty percent more houses.
We shall devote substantially increased resources for home improvements
and every tenant, council and private, will be ebtitled to routine repairs
at the landlord's expense. We shall get empty council houses back into
use urgently and quickly. We shall boosts the funds available to the inner
cities. This bold policy won't be easy and it won't be quick, but it can
be done and it will be done.
It must be done. The social pressures that unemployment,
poor housing and poverty create are becoming a danger to us all. The tragedies
which overcame Bristol, Brixton and Toxteth two years ago, could spread
like wild-fire. The forces of law and order are under a strain which they
cannot stand much longer. We need a positive and practical programme of
crime prevention. Nothing can excuse the crime increase we've suffered,
but there's no doubt that unemployment is one of its causes. As Willie
Whitelaw said himself, 'if boys and girls do not obtain jobs they do not
see any reason why they should take part in society and comply with its
rules'. Since May 1979, serious crime has increased by thirty percent.
Now a serious crime is committed every ten seconds. And more and more criminals
are escaping capture and conviction. The detection rate has gone down ten
percent since the Tories were elected, and all this is despite expenditure
on the police increasing by two thirds. Our policies on law and order are
preceise and practical. Peace and safety come from effective policing:
police back amongst the people, on the beat and part of the community,
well known, accepted and respected. So we'll operate a common-sense four
point plan: police on foot, back on the streets; housing estates made more
thief proof, with better lighting, an old people's warden service, and
controlled entry into blocks of flats. Community police committees that
give you a say on how your police behave. And better technical and support
services for the police themselves. The victims of crime will be helped
by a more generous scheme of compensation. And to keep the police a friendly
part of the community we'll impose strict limits on searches, fingerprinting
and the use of the power of arrest. Labour will create the social conditions
which reduce crime. And we'll organise the police in a way which deters
crime, and where crimes are committed, unlike today actually catches the
Labour's plan to reduce unemployment will need money.
So will our housing programme and so will our reforms on law and order.
And where will the money come from? It will come from ending the waste
of the country's resources that Mrs Thatcher and her ministers are now
encouraging. Seventeen billion pounds is wasted every year on the cost
of unemployment. Twenty billion pounds, our income from North Sea oil,
has been frittered away. And a further ten billion pounds is wasted abroad
with little obvious benefit to Britain. Labour will use the country's resources
to put money back into the economy and invest for expansion once again.
If you build a house, or repair a home, more building workers are needed.
Other jobs are created which means more money in people's pockets, communities
start to thrive again, so a youth centre is built, children and young people
are kept off the streets, the streets become safer, and the local bobby
is seen as part of the community, accepted by young and old alike. We have
seen the consequences of unemployment, how it has a bad effect on the economy,
on health, on housing and on law and order. Think about it. Mrs Thatcher
has nothing to offer you at this election, except more of the same. Are
you going to vote for retirement at sixteen? Are you going to vote for
the death of the health service? Are you going to vote yourself out of
a job? Or are you going to think positive, act positive, and say 'yes'
well I think we need more houses and the Tories are clearly not
going to build more houses and er I can't see really why people should
be unemployed and there're so many construction people (-) people in the
construction industry unemployed when there's a such desperate housing
The housing did you say?
Well we haven't built any have we?
I blame it down to unemployment because of the the
lads have got nothing else to to do but wander round the streets.
My husband's unemployed. He's been unemployed for
two years now , and he's only twenty-four. He can't get a job.
I think they should be building er houses instead of spending
money on er defence and all that.
I think the root of crime is is a s- social just unrest
which is unemployment basically.
I would never vote for Margaret Thatcher after what she's
done to the country.
Think positive, act positive, vote Labour.
2nd June 1983
How are we going to save and protect our National Health
Service? It is one of our country's most precious possessions. It comes
to help people - sick people, old people, children who fall ill - at the
very moment they need that help most: when they are afraid; when they certainly
don't want the extra worry of how the bills are to be paid. That's why
the Labour Party created the National Health Service - a free service across
the whole country, free of any cash payment for the patient. Nothing like
that ever existed before. That was the ideal of those who founded the service,
a wonderful ideal indeed - a practical proof of how the people's needs
can be placed first before anything else. But what Labour created has been
under attack for four years - a most serious attack as we shall show. One
of the big issues at stake in this election is to make sure that our National
Health Service is truly kept a national service for all our people. Only
the Labour party that created this service can do that.
FEMALE ACTOR (RP accent):
We have no intention of raising prescription
The Tories have raised prescription charges by seven times:
twenty p per item to one pound forty. Hospitals have been closed and vital
projects axed, while private medicine has been actively encouraged. Routine
dental charges have gone up from five pounds to thirteen pound fifty -
two and a half times. Charges for glasses have more than doubled - from
six pounds fifteen p to fifteen pound fifty. Seven hundred and ninety-one
beds are lying empty, and at the same time there are over one thousand
doctors plus over eight thousand nurses out of a job. Charges up, standards
down. A cry that can be repeated when we look at the Tory performance on
education. Education spending has been cut by seven hundred and fifty-six
million pounds in real terms. Five hundred and eighty-two state schools
have been scheduled for closure. A quarter of all primary and a third of
all secondary schools haven't enough books. A staggering twenty-nine thousand
five hundred and seventy trained teachers are out of work. No wonder the
school inspectors could report 'It is unlikely that existing standards,
particularly in numeracy and literacy, will be maintained'. So our young
people, the future of Britain, can't get a decent education under the Tories.
When they leave school one in two will be out of work. What a terrible
Older people are no better served either. Now there's no link between
pensions and earnings - another Tory move - all pensioners have lost out,
and married couples' income is down by two pound twenty-five p a week,
and a single pensioner by one pound forty-five.
And now you are being asked to vote for more of the same. 'We're on
the right track' they say. Ask the three million unemployed if they think
that this is true. Ask the people trying to run the National Health Service
on a shoe string if it's true. And ask the jobless teachers and building
workers if they believe we're on the right track.
Health-care is our right. Labour will increase expenditure by, for instance,
building much needed health centres. Prescription charges will be phased
out; so will dental charges. There'll be no more queue-jumping as we concentrate
our efforts and money by investing in the National Health Service. We shall
ensure that all National Health Service staff will be properly rewarded
in terms of pay and hours.
Another example of falling standards is in education: the development
of the next generation. Labour will make local authorities provide nursery
education. Labour will make it possible for classes to be reduced. Essentials
like books will be provided so children at primary schools get the best
possible start. All children, of whatever background, will get an equal
chance in going on to secondary school, and Labour will re-establish the
school meals and milk services drastically reduced by the Tories. And we'll
help parents by increasing child benefit by two pound. Reduction has been
the Tory motto.
As with the young, so for the old. All important services like home
helps and residential care are being axed. Our pensioners suffer terribly,
as costs for essentials like heat and lighting go up and real income comes
down. Labour will re-establish the pensions earning link and restore the
two pound twenty-five p and one pound forty-five p lost there. In November
1983 Labour will increase pensions to fifty-eight pound for a married couple
and thirty-six pound thirty for someone single. We shall make TV licenses
available free to pensioners. We shall reduce heating bills for pensioners
through fuel allowances. In short, pensioners must share fully in the country's
My colleagues and I are very worried about our caring society
in general and the National Health Service in particular. As each cut comes
along we get more and more desperate. In my hospital we've had little replacement
equipment for two years, and no money for a scanner which we need to improve
our diagnosis of brain disease. But it's not only equipment we need. We
need more nurses, more doctors and more hospitals. These we had under all
previous Labour governments, and only a Labour government will do it again.
The Tory proposals for increasing private medicine won't help the majority.
It won't help the elderly, the chronic sick and the mentally handicapped.
Indeed, anyone who really requires care. Only a Labour government will
increase resources and allow us to return to a properly funded National
Health Service. This must be part of a caring and compassionate society.
We must put patients before profits.
The Conservatives are prejudiced against the welfare
state. They are prejudiced in favour of private profit. But if they won
they'd have to cut the health service like they'd have to cut pensions
and housing and education in any case. Because they're expecting to spend
thoudands of millions of pounds more as rising unemployment as their dole
queues lengthen. It would be a false economy. Take the health service.
Even now, Britain loses twelve times more working days through sickness
than through strikes. So every penny spent on health means more people
are producing wealth. And the figures show that a public health service
is very much cheaper than private medicine. Look at America. Their private
medicine is twice as expensive as our National Health Service, and they
come far below us in the international league tables for health. In fact,
a good public health service is good economic sense. So are good education
and good housing. The Tories say we can't afford to care for people: Labour
says we can't afford not to care - because caring is not only morally right,
it's economically right as well. So are you going to say 'No' to health,
'No' to education, 'No' to the young and to the old? Or are you going to
think positive, act positive and say 'Yes' to Labour?
I believe in people not in profits - always have done. I
believe that the Labour party will do more for people, it's a people's
It just frightens me that if the Tories get into power again
that these these sort of doctors and nurses that are the best in the country
are going to be tempted towards private medicine.
I'm going to vote Labour.
Well because er I'm a pensioner and they've er promised to do a
lot for us such as er television licenses and er extra bonus for Christmas
and er increase the pension.
I mean I work in a college erm but the cuts have definitely
made an impact particularly for adults. The opportunities have decreased
I care about children not being able to get medical treatment
much more because I think I can see my own child in that position.
Think positive, act positive, vote Labour.
7th June 1983
It's only three weeks since this election began. And
already another fifteen thousand people have lost their jobs. Another man
or woman, boy or girl, is joining the dole queue every two minutes of every
day and every night. No-one is safe. And that's why we put jobs above everything
That's right. Getting our people back to work. Jobs, jobs,
jobs and how to get them. That's the big question in this election. Just
look around - engineers on the dole, building workers on the dole, teachers
on the dole, skilled craftsmen on the dole, trained technicians on the
dole, nurses on the dole, seamen on the dole, and more and more school-leavers
on the dole. That's the terrible problem and it's still getting worse.
That's the problem we've got to solve. And it affects so many of the other
problems we have to tackle, like protecting our health service and our
schools and getting decent houses and pensions. How to stop the rising
flood of unemployment, which indeed is still rising every week as Dennis
said. Of course, there is an alternative. That is the case Labour puts
to the nation. We have the policies and the team to apply them. Policies
which offer a real positive alternative to Tory waste, and experienced
men and women who will know how to make them work. Peter Shore will tell
you about our emergency programme, the one we will act upon on our first
day in office.
Yes, we will create by the end of our first year five hundred
thousand new jobs - in building and construction, in transport and communications,
in health, social and other services, in public and private industry. The
money we need is available now - but is wasted. Seventeen billion pounds
wasted on paying people who want to work not to work. Ten billion pounds
of our savings flooding abroad to invest in the economies of our competitors.
And North Sea oil draining away at the rate of eight billion pounds a year.
We shall stop this waste and use our money to cut the burden of taxation
and to increase public investment and expenditure here in [growth?] and
we shall start it on day one.
The moment you bring Labour back we'll start an emergency
programme of investment in Britain's investment-starved industry, transport,
housing, new technology. Here's just one example of how it works. Invest
money in sorely-needed new homes, and brickworks earn money. And all the
other construction industries, they all need to take on new workers. The
workers stop getting dole money and start buying clothes for their children
again. Clothing shops order more from the clothing factories. The clothing
factories order more from the textile industry, and all along the line
more workers come off the dole and start buying things again. And that's
just one example of how by investing in Britain Labour can get Britain
Our policies on law and order are precise and practical.
Peace and safety come from effective policing. Police back amongst the
people, on the beat and part of the community - well-known, respected and
accepted. So we'll operate a common-sense four point plan. Police on foot,
back on the streets. Housing estates made more thief-proof, with better
lighting and controlled entry into blocks of flats. Community police committees
that give you a say on how your police behave. Better technical and support
services for the police themselves. Labour will create the social conditions
which reduce crime. And we'll organise the police in a way which deters
crime, and when crimes are committed, unlike today, actually catches the
But at the present time, the cost of living and the level
of unemployment has put more pressure on families than ever before, and
three and a half million people now live in condemned houses. Yet fewer
homes were started in 1982 than in any year since 1925, and money has not
been spent to modernise and keep existing properties in good condition.
Labour will fund a new repairs and improvement programme and reverse this
trend. And in the last four years mortgage rates have reached record levels
and council rates have more than doubled. We will freeze all rents for
a year and increase investment in all sectors of housing. We'll give councils
the means to build fifty per cent more houses and so start achieving our
aim of a decent home for every family.
Our children and young people are our future. Labour believes
that education and training is a vital investment for our country and so
we'll provide nursery schooling for all children whose parents want it.
We'll ensure smaller classes in primary schools to give all youngsters
a flying start. We'll invest in technological, scientific and cultural
education to equip secondary school children for the realities of the modern
world. We'll establish a two year scheme of education and training - with
pay - for all sixteen and seventeen year old learners. We'll restore the
sixty-one thousand university and polytechnic places that the Tories have
taken away from qualified young people. Now, in modern times, proper education
is the raw material of our country's success. We can't afford to let it
be neglected or wasted by the Tories.
'Cannot afford' seems to have been the Tory answer to everything.
The basic rights we should all enjoy have become a privilege under the
Tories. We now know the Tories' plan to run down the health service - beds
lie empty and hospitals have been closed while doctors and nurses are jobless
and health charges go up. Labour would provide a health service true to
its original aims: free at the point of use. A health-care building programme
will be started: out go prescription charges, out go dental charges. Priority
will be according to medical need, not to wealth. For pensioners, TV licenses
will be free; their Christmas bonus will be doubled; and their awful heating
bills would be reduced, by new special fuel allowances.
We can't make sure our people get the health and care
they need unless we create jobs, real jobs. Getting people back to work
again, getting people earning and spending again, that's what matters most.
The key to that is investment. Investment in homes, in transport, and above
all in industry - we must get those new technologies into Britain's plants
- and investment in our people, caring for the young and the old, the sick,
and the poor.
These are the things we've been talking about from one
end of the country to the other during this election campaign. Our constructive
plan for getting jobs, jobs to help the individuals denied the right to
work, jobs to help the country as a whole to rebuild our industry and our
social services. Our big aim from the start has been to end the sense of
hopelessness and helplessness in the face of mass unemployment which Tory
words and deeds have spread. I think we've made real progress here, showing
people what can truly be done. More and more people can see the sense of
spending more to sustain and protect our health service, to improve standards
of education for all our children, to give a better deal to the pensioners
who have helped to create the nation's wealth, to get jobs - real jobs
and real training - for the great army of our young people now without
a chance in life. Like everyone else they've only got one life to live
and we must come to their rescue with all the speed we can muster. Compassion
and common-sense, and imagination and fair-play for all our people. These
are the good qualities of our country, which our Labour team has applied
to our modern problems. Our team has translated those qualities into practical
ideas for action, and that means a plan properly costed and one the nation
can afford. Of course, we don't imagine it can be done by edicts from on
high, by laws imposed from above. It can only be done by a party which
calls for co-operation from the whole community, local authorities, industries
great and small, public and private, the trade unions, to get those jobs
for all our people we will need the backing of the whole nation and the
Labour party is the only one in this election which makes that appeal.
So come and help us, help us to get those jobs and to save our country.
Think positive, act positive, vote Labour.