How much has British politics and Britain changed since 1997?

Since 1997, British politics has changed in many ways. Prior to the general election in 1997, the Tory s had been in Government for 18 years, creating a largely right wing Britain. However, by 1997 the British people were ready for a change, and that change was in the form of a newly redeveloped party New Labour. The Labour party must have known that a drastic change in their policies was necessary and so they completely rebranded everything they believed in as new . One only had to listen to any of Tony Blair s speeches when he would repeatedly push the word new at the audience in an attempt to win the public over and convince them that they needed a change, a more modern Britain. This seemed to work and the popularity of Tony Blair shot through the roof by the time they won the election in 1997 by a landslide victory of 179 . Some anti Labour groups will suggest that this new found hype for Blair gave him too big an ego, resulting in a lead up to the war against terrorism and several other major acts during the New Labour era of 1997 2010. The policies of this modern party were perhaps not as evidential as the strict, down to earth and hard grafting policies of the eighties during T hatcher and Major s time as PM. This seemed not to have an impact on the UK, however, because the buzz over having a new Prime Minister Tony Blair who was cool, modern and more humorous than ever before seemed to last a long time. New Labour gave the impression that they wanted to be part of the people not the team who decide how the people live. This involved firstly introducing the national minimum wage a huge step in British history which meant that more people had a higher rate of disposable inc ome which they were more willing to spend in different market segments keeping the economy afloat. The next major event under New Labour was the Devolution of Scotland. This meant that the Scots were allowed to have their own Parliament which was to be responsible for all health, education and other important public sector areas. This gave Scotland more freedom to make their own decisions and some would argue that this was the beginning of the separation of the different countries in the UK. During the same time period, New Labour introduced an Assembly for Wales. The Welsh Assembly is solely in charge of determining how the Government budget for Wales is to be administered. A similar scheme was set up for Northern Ireland. A ndrew Marr described this separation as pulling apart pieces of pizza, with only the stringy cheese to keep them intact. I think this is a fantastic analogy of the gradual separation of the UK countries during the New Labour ear of 1997 to 2010 because with the devolution of Scotland an d the Welsh and Northern Ireland Assembly, it is apparent that the work done by Thatcher and the Conservatives to keep Britain as one was diminishing under New Labour Government. Combined with a Conservative opposition which had yet to organise effectively under William Hague, and the continuing popularity of Blair (greatly exaggerated by his sympathy for the loss of the people s princess, Diana) , Labour went on to win the 2001 election with a similar majority this has been dubbed the quiet landslide by the media.

He was certainly nowhere near as popular. This lo st him lots of political support and the United Nations Secretary-General considered the war illegal. Britain was suffering from its worst anti-climax in years. The Iraq war was deeply unpopular in most Western countries . This was aptly named the Granit a Deal where it was decided that Blair would run as Prime Minister first. Labour was re -elected for a third term. with many citing Brown s leadership as a key factor. Brown was left to try and pull Britain back from the state it was left in with a global recession in his hands and a huge economic crisis. a Privy Council member and former civil servant. Although this was a secure relationshi p to hold at the time. the events of September 11 th 2001 saw Bush start his campaign for an anti terrorism war with which Blair got involved. During May 2008. This is considered by some to be the breaking p oint in the men s relationships because at the point when Tony Blair stepped down from the Prime Ministerial po sition. Labour was struggling considerably with UK finances. Gordon Brown. resulting in a diminishing lack of support. I have no doubt a bout that. after an agreement years prior to this date when the two men were in competition as to who would run the country and be head of New Labour. He would then step down at some point. this was proven the largest demonstration ever to take place in the UK. In September 2006. As a consequence. Tony Blair announced that he would qui t as Labour leader within the year. compared to the . leaving Brown to take over and govern the United Kingdom.Labour did continue with some of the Tory s main principles for example the links which Margaret Thatcher had established during her time as Prime Minister were rekindled by Tony Blair and George W Bush. the Labour Party received just over £3 million in donations and was £17 million in debt. as well as share defences. Lots of people thought he was just too dull and did not appeal to the general public as Bl air had done. Declinin g party membership also contributed to financial problems . he did not have the best of starts. Between January and March 2008. Many citizens still believe that Blair only got us involved in the anti terrorism war to keep our alliances strong with the USA and that he did not consider or worry about the consequences to the people and army from our country. allowing the British and American s to join forces and regain world popularity. along with many others.000 people who were against Tony Blair s actions. The party then slumped to its lowest level since the days of Michael Foot. resulting in the party registering its worst ever opinion poll results since the record began in 1943. The Iraq war remains the enquiry of Sir John Chilcot. In 2005. This was demonstrated through several severe campaigns in and around London the March demonstrating against the Iraq war saw 750. A cash for peerages scandal under Tony Blair saw the drying up of many sources of donations. but with a reduced majority of 66. People who have lost their lives in the Iraq war did so because they were fighting to save their country from terrorism or were they fighting to keep a friendly relationship between George and Tony? This debate will lie in history and be discussed for years to come. with Western Governments divided in their support. Labour suffered heavy defeats in most local elections. He was replaced by his Chancellor. with Brown by his side as Chancellor.

The Conservatives who had the majority formed a coalition with the Liberal Democrats and this is how our government stands in the present day. . I am sure. Labour won the second highest number of seats (258). after talks with the Lib Dem s.previous Conservative government which had £6 million in don ations and was £12 million in debt. The Liberal Democrat party had the opportunity to decide with whom to form a coalition. and that many events during the Conservative era contributed to the struggle for Gordon Brown and Tony Blair during the 2000s. Gordon Brown announced his intention to stand down as Labour leader before the Labour Party conference but a day later resigned as both Prime Minister and party leader. however. On 10th May 2010. that the Labour government is not solely to blame for the recession. In the 2010 general election.