Letter: Labour's power to help the poor

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Sir: Roy Hattersley cites the post-war Rowntree / Laver survey as confirming that the Attlee government virtually eliminated unemployment (30 July). Clement Attlee's government did not achieve this single-handed; they were powerfully aided by the need to repair wartime devastation, by continuing wartime controls, by the large numbers of men retrained in the armed forces and by Marshall Aid.

Tony Blair has inherited quite a different hand from the Tories, but he has grasped the single essential political fact - that without power Labour cannot help the poor or anyone else.