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Managed decline: Tory mendacity.

IN A breathtaking example of Tory mendacity, "Minister for Merseyside" Michael Heseltine claims he rescued Liverpool from the fate of managed decline proposed by Howe.

The blunt fact is that the decline continued. In the two years after the riots, not a single house for rent had been built by the Liberal/Tory alliance which controlled the council; council rents were the highest in the UK outside London; 5,000 council jobs had vanished, and some pounds 30m had been slashed from Liverpool's rate support grant by Heseltine's Thatcher government. Youth unemployment in some areas of the city was in excess of 50%, and the defeated Liberal/Tory alliance had left behind a financial gap of pounds 10m of unallocated cuts. This was the dark scenario inherited by the newly-elected Socialist council, in May, 1983.

Unlike the capitulation of today's Labour councillors, that scenario was not used as an excuse for doing nothing, but as a reason for carrying out the 47 election promises by launching a programme of action which included: building houses, freezing rents, creating jobs, expanding services, and opening six new sports centres.

By contrast, Heseltine planted hundreds of trees; if Liverpool's dogs could vote, no doubt his Lordship would top the poll.

Tony Mulhearn, Childwall


Former Minister for Merseyside, Lord Heseltine
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 3, 2012
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