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November 06, 2003

That Nice Mr Howard

Tom Watson on key facts about Michael Howard that you may have forgotten

As Environment Secretary, Howard allowed power generators to keep their pollution levels secret (Nov 1992)

n 1995 he was accused by Private Eye and the New Statesman of misleading Parliament over the privatisation of the Home Office computer network (link)

Howard was the Minister in Charge of bringing in the Poll Tax in 1988. Even after Thatcher had gone, and after the poll tax riots, he insisted he still believed in the policy (July 1991)

Howard was the Minister who brought in Clause 28 of the Local Government Act banning the "promotion" of homosexuality (March 1988)

Howard voted in favour of anti-abortion campaigner David Alton's Bill to reduce access to abortion (January 1988)

As Employment Secretary, Howard tried to stop attempts at EU level to introduce a 48 hour working week and to give working women statutory maternity rights (June 1991)

It's also worth reading on to the comments at the bottom. Some interestingly irrelevant carping there.

Via Plasticbag

Posted by Tom Dolan at November 6, 2003 07:43 AM

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