The Tories have now been in power for five years and five months. This is a fair old time. What did our previous governments manage to accomplish by this point in their life span? Let’s take a look…
The Attlee Government (1945-51)
(Elected: August 1945. In office for five years and five months by January 1951)
Had created the National Health Service.
Established the welfare state.
Had demobilised our wartime forces, secured full employment and was busy housing the nation.
Had nationalised a third of British industry.
Established the UK’s post-war strategic position. Had joined NATO.
The Wilson Government (1964-70)
(Elected: October 1964. In office for five years and five months by March 1970).]
Had legalised homosexuality and abortion, liberalised divorce laws, abolished the death penalty, generated an education boom and created the Open University.
The Thatcher/Major Government (1979-97)
(Elected:May 1979. In office for five years and five months by October 1984).
Victory in the Falklands.
Widespread privatisation programme (for good or ill)
Right to buy scheme.
Dramatic monetarist economic reforms.
Winning battle with trade unions.
The Blair/Brown Government (1997-2010)
(Elected:May 1997. In office for five years and five months by October 2002).
Good Friday Agreement: created a lasting peace in Northern Ireland.
Introduced a minimum wage. Abolished fox hunting, Equality reforms introduced,
Humanitarian intervention in Kosovo.
House of Lords reform. Devolution in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland,
The Cameron Government (2010-?)