Sick of people telling you the UK can’t afford Labour’s plans? Show them this

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Thanks to Eoin Clarke for the research on this. It’s only right that I publish his tweet so you can share it directly if you want:

Naysayers will bleat, of course. Let them – and then mock their ignorance.

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11 thoughts on “Sick of people telling you the UK can’t afford Labour’s plans? Show them this

  1. Tony Dean

    No mention of welfare reform. Just when are we going to get a statement from Labour about that?

  2. d.sheridan

    you haven’t factored in the massive reduction in foreign investment and uk investment brought about by giving free rein to the Unions.Remember the Winter of Discontent.

    1. wildswimmerpete

      You are obviously oblivious to the fact the Winter of Discontent, the hyper inflation of the mid-Seventies, and the 3-day week amongst other things were the consequences of the 1974 OPEC oil-price hike. In ’74 I was issued with WWII petrol coupons but fortunately they were never needed. It was the sharp increase in the cost of living that led to all the Union action such as the Winter of Discontent. Sadly May 4th 1979 saw the destruction of the post war consensus with the results only too apparent now, the rise of neoliberalism and our corporatist regime. It snowed on Thatcher’s election day, a foretaste of what was to come.

  3. Liam

    Some of the policies look ok. What is annoying to me, is Eoin Clarke’s Dickensian speak regarding “Bosses”. He must be referring to me..
    I employ one person,, pay them slightly more than the minimum wage despite the fact I’m not guaranteed the minimum wage myself. In fact I’ve always earned less than the minimum wage but continue to run my business because I enjoy what I do.
    The problem is ,, if I had to pay £10 per hour,, I would pack it in.
    And so would a few other “Bosses” in my position.
    And for other companies, what about employees further up the payscale?
    Is it proposed those people get a 33% pay rise too?

    1. Andrew Miller

      Agree. I’m self employed and probably don’t pay myself much, if anything, above minimum wage. I’ve enough work to employ someone – but can’t afford it.

  4. Leoni Mcgowan

    No mention of the welfare, the disabled, sick and needy. No mention of the evil benefit sanctions, Ingeus or Interserve who work for the DWP in finding people work, which is a load of crap and does not work for anyone except to depress and belittle people. The awful PIP assessment etc. We need to know Labours plans for the above.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Where have you been?
      “Labour will scrap the Work Capability Assessments and replace them with a holistic, person-centred approach, based on principles of dignity and inclusion. This will be a key policy under our plans to transform the social security system.”
      As you can see, this has been Labour’s policy since October last year:

      1. Tony Dean

        They are keeping very quiet about it. I have as yet seen no mention on mainstream media.

  5. Andrew Miller

    Nationalise the railways – cost nothing. Really? Where is the money coming from to pay for rolling stock? FGW invested around £300 – £350 million in 2015 just om carriages!!!

    What about the £4 billion currently spent on Network Rail.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      There’s no cost because public money ALREADY provides huge amounts of finance for the privatised railways. 70 per cent of that money goes to foreign-owned corporations who run most of our railways and take the profits back to their own countries, so nationalising the railways will actually bring money back into the UK.

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