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Keep your mouth shut, Yvette – otherwise you might end up with your foot in it!

Reading former Labour leadership candidate Yvette Cooper’s words, it is easy to wonder whether she’s living on the same planet as the rest of us.

Her claim that nationalisation doesn’t help people trying to build an app, or older people in temporary jobs, is completely misleading.

Of course it does; but the comparison is jarring because these are not matters that are often considered together.

A nationalised power company eliminates the profit motive, meaning lower bills. This would help a young person building a new app, who would use power in its development, and it would help older workers who are struggling to make ends meet.

Simple!

The substantive issue is: Why is Yvette Cooper effectively speaking in praise of wasteful privatisation?

Labour risks offering voters “yesterday’s solutions for tomorrow’s problems” and must move beyond policies such as renationalisation if it wants to support workers in the modern economy, a senior MP is set to say.

“Things like nationalising power companies don’t do anything to help young people trying to build a new app or older workers stuck in precarious temporary work,” she will say.

Source: Labour must move beyond policies such as renationalisation, says Yvette Cooper | UK Politics | News | The Independent

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