Peter Hain: I back attack on Tony Blair.
A MEMBER of Tony Blair's Cabinet last night backed a speech attacking Government policies on health and education.
Welsh Secretary Peter Hain said he endorsed the speech given by First Minister Rhodri Morgan in which he opposed reforms being pursued by Mr Blair's Government.
Speaking in a Welsh Assembly debate on the Queen's Speech, Mr Hain said: ``Having had the opportunity to have an advance look at the text he is delivering tonight in Swansea I very much endorse that speech and commend it be read by every member of this Assembly.''
Mr Morgan underlined the ``clear red water'' emerging between the Assembly and the UK Government in the major speech at Swansea University on social policy.
He criticised Government plans for foundation hospitals, saying they would be used by those who were already the most advantaged in society.
The experiment would end not in patients choosing hospitals but hospitals choosing patients.
``In welfare markets, producer choice, rather than consumer choice is too likely to be the outcome.''
He condemned increased selection in schools for failing the central test of meeting the wider public interest.
He insisted the comprehensive school era is not coming to an end in Wales.
Mr Morgan highlighted his determination to steer the Assembly on a new Welsh course rather than imitating Westminster, and set out his socialist plans for the second term of the Welsh Assembly.
Meanwhile, Mr Morgan was branded a ``dinosaur'' with prehistoric socialist views.
Mr Bourne said Mr Morgan's socialist agenda would confine Wales to a second class public service sector with the First Minister trapped inside a ``prehistoric shell'' refusing to acknowledge the world had moved on since the 1940s.
``Never one to trumpet what Labour has done at Westminster, I can at least acknowledge that their initial steps towards introducing foundation hospitals in England does have the potential to deliver a better health service to the public,'' said Mr Bourne.
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Dec 12, 2002|
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