Thursday, 11 May 2017

Current Mood: Optimistic, thanks to Labour's Manifesto

I don't want to say too much because I don't want to tempt fate, but the response to Labour's Manifesto today has been really encouraging. It genuinely feels like we've turned a corner that I hope will translate into votes next month.

It's simply a Manifesto full of great stuff. Here's just a few of them;

An extra £8bn on Social Care 
The banning of zero hour contracts
Strengthening unions and workers rights
Scrap the public sector pay cap
Increase income tax for highest earning 5% to fund the NHS
Build at least 100,000 council houses per year
Reserve 4,000 homes for rough sleepers
Cap extortionate rents
Ban fracking
Cut the voting age to 16
Abolish tuition fees
Universal free school meals
Renationalise the 6 big energy firms, the railways and the Royal Mail

Of course it hasn't all been met with enthusiasm. The bitter right wing press whose interests thrive on the capitalist economy and a Tory government are already answering Jeremy Corbyn's statement that Britain can be better with 'no it can't' trotting out the tired old argument that this is a party determined to take the country back to the 1970s. 

It's an argument that simply doesn't hold water. For a start, the 2.4% economic growth these critics hold up as an improvement in Thatcher's Britain of the 1980s is EXACTLY THE SAME level as it was in Callaghan's 1970s, an era they castigate as the very doldrums of this countries history.

The only thing different about Thatcher's Britain was the savage deflation methods that effectively destroyed our industries as they ploughed their interests into private energy companies simply to destroy the coal industry as revenge for the miners' victory against Heath. 

What exactly is wrong about going back to a time when workers rights were strong in this country? When ordinary working people had a share of the power and a say about things, instead of just the privileged few?

The Labour Manifesto is a glorious promise that pledges to end elderly loneliness, and still there are some critics baulking at it. What is wrong with these people?

Whilst the Tories pledge to bring back fox hunting, Labour are promising to ensure every child in this country can have a school meal.

Please use your common sense next month. Turn the corner with us and make Britain better again.

Vote Labour. Because when Labour win, we - the ordinary people - win too.


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