Labour has the big answers the neoliberals lack – and will need to re-order government to achieve them

Not One Day More demonstration in London, July 1, 2017 [Image: Jim Aindow].

You really need to visit the source site and read the full article.

This Writer was particularly interested in the part that discusses how a Corbyn government “would have to be prepared to take on the vested interests in Whitehall, the military, the judiciary, the City and the boardrooms, who – whatever their differences on tactics – are united against such a redistribution of power and wealth and will use everything at their disposal to prevent it”.

This rings true – and it seems to me that an incoming Labour administration would have to accept that the current pillars of government are too heavily-weighted in favour of vested, right-wing interests.

They have to go – to be replaced with systems that are designed to service good government rather than profiteering by the greedy.

I wonder if Mr Corbyn, Mr McDonnell, the shadow cabinet and Labour-supporting think tanks have given thought to such a project.

They should.

When it comes to solutions, the government really hasn’t got a clue.

Brexit and this hobbled Tory government have coincided with the chickens coming home to roost after decades of Thatcherite neoliberalism.

Privatised industry is costly and inefficient, its consumers at the mercy of greedy monopolies; school academies are exposed as a source of income and prestige for heads and governors, but unable to deliver the basic requirements of education; whole chunks of the public sector are run by inefficient private corporations.

Nothing works properly, yet this inefficiency comes at ever greater cost to ordinary people.

There are only big solutions to these problems. Piecemeal attempts to end its worst excesses just are not going to work.

Source: Big problems need some big answers: and this government has none – Counterfire

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3 thoughts on “Labour has the big answers the neoliberals lack – and will need to re-order government to achieve them

  1. marcusdemowbray

    I often wonder why the Tories are still addicted to their catastrophic belief in Neo-Liberalism. It is blindingly obvious that it has failed to deliver all its promises and resulted in almost total foreign ownership of UK’s industry, services and infrastructure, with profits going abroad and little or no Tax paid, plus reducing investment, pay for workers, and rapidly increasing prices.

    Do they Tories still actually believe in it? If YES, they are criminally stupid and insane.

    Do they realise that it is UK’s biggest political and economic mistake in living memory? If NO, they are criminally insane and/or stupid. If YES, then why do they continue with it?

    Do they continue with it purely so they, their families, chums and cronies can all continue to amass fortunes while the UK collapses? If YES, they are criminals, insane or criminally stupid.

    Do they continue with it purely because they know it is the biggest mistake in living memory, but they are too scared to admit it in public, and continue blindly on with Privatisation in the slimmest hope that it might get better? If YES that is criminal misconduct, or High Treason.

  2. rotzeichen

    This is absolutely right, tinkering will only let those with the power to stifle any attempts at progressive policies. Which will in turn frustrate the aspirations of those who support us. Bringing us back full circle.

    These two documents show how Ridley and Thatcher set about dismantling the state:

    The reference for the above is from Margaret Thatcher’s foundation found here:

    Actual document here:

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