This section presents the central theme of this book in four key policy areas, and asks what Labour have achieved since 1997, and then looks forward to what might happen next. It notes that the four areas chosen are those of education, because of former Prime Minister Tony Blair's claim before Labour came to power that his top three priorities would be ‘education, education, education’; children's social care, because of the increased emphasis Labour have placed on the child, especially in respect of attempting to intervene early to equalize opportunity for children; healthcare because of the continued importance of the National Health Service (NHS) in debates leading up to and beyond the next general election; and pensions, where there is now almost universally recognized to be a crisis of policy which Labour have periodically attempted to address, although arguably without noticeable success.
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