Was the Labour government of 1964-70 good or bad?

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  • Was Labour good or bad between 1964 and 1970?
    • Policies
      • Permanently abolished the death penalty in 1969
      • Discrimination in public facilities made illegal in 1965
      • Abortion legalised in 1967
      • Voting age lowered to 18 in 1969
      • Men and women received same pay in 1970
      • tightened grip on immigration as labour supporters found they were competition for jobs
      • Race relation Act aimed to tackle discrimination
      • attempt to replace the system with a comprehensive system for all abilities
      • Open University made enabling adults to study to
    • Foreign and Colonial issues
      • Vietnam war; Wilson believed that in order for Britain to recover economically they had to close links with the USA, his refusal to send troops to Vietnam caused disunity in the party
      • 1967 De Gaulle vetoed Britain again to join the common market although wilson attempted to persuade the president
      • Southern Rhodesia - colony rebelled but Wilson only tried to negotiate deals - looked weak and did not solve the issue
    • Economic difficulties
      • Economic performance lagged behind many other states
      • Balance of payment defecit reached £800million
      • Britain required that workers were only granted wages if they worked productively
      • Maintained investment in nationalised industries
      • the government had to deflate the economy by tax rises or in gov. expenditure
      • September 1966 - Wilson believed he could make the industry more competitive by creating a Department of Economic Affairs to modernise Britain's economy - annual growth rate of 3.8% and an increase of exports of 5.25% each year to wipe the payment deficit
        • Unions didn't accept it because it brought some sanctions to workers
      • Balance of payment deficit had been left by Conservative government before
      • Devaluation of the pound 1967 - accepting defeat
        • May 1966 seamen strike demanding increased pay
          • Damaged Britain's exports
      • 1967 - 2.5 million unemployed
    • trade unions
      • striking due to inflation
      • strongly resisted attempts to restrict pay rises for the good of the economyy
      • High labour costs made payment defecit worse
      • Almost half of Britain's work force belonged to a union and the unions provided Labour with the most money so Labour had to listen
      • 'in a place of strife - industrial reform program - offering compensation to works
        • failed

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