Blairgruppenfuhrer Starmer is launching a national review of Labour Party policy and is seeking input from his (remaining) party members.
This is actually a good idea – although This Writer has a few doubts about whether he will adopt the policies that have the most support or will simply cherry-pick whatever suits his own extremely right-wing opinions.
If you are (still) a Labour Party member and have been asked to take part in this consultation – but are struggling to put your ideas into words – feel free to dip into the following. It’s not an exhaustive list but I think it’s a good start:
Renationalisation of the NHS.
Nationalisation of the electricity, water and railway companies.
End to the sanctions system and a proper welfare benefit to be given to the sick, disabled and unemployed so they can afford to eat, heat their homes and live with dignity.
Restoration of union strength so they can fight real exploitation by big business.
End of precarity and zero hours contracts.
Proper help for small and medium-sized businesses, as these employ more people, serve their local communities better and add needed competition and commercial variety to communities.
End the ban on council housing and start building them and proper affordable homes.
Proper support for rural communities, including better bus services, affordable homes for locals, and the restoration of village shops to keep them living communities.
Set up a workers’ chamber in parliament to counteract the domination of millionaires. This to be composed of working people elected by working people.
End corporate tax havens.
Tighten the non-dom tax laws so that the people claiming it really do live abroad.
Take academy schools back under state control because they are failing.
Re-admit and make formal apology to the vast number of decent Labour party members falsely accused and smeared as anti-Semites. Many of these were Jewish, which indicates a strain of anti-Semitism in their accusers.
Labour also needs to reconnect with its traditional Black and Asian supporters. It thus needs to show that it takes tackling racism seriously. This can be done simply by pursuing traditional Labour anti-racist policies without taking on the excesses of Critical Race Theory.
No more wars in the Middle East. These have failed, and were never more anything than an excuse to spread western geopolitical power by invading and looting these countries. We have destroyed nations like Libya and Iraq and left sectarian violence, destruction and chaos. These wars contributed massively to the refugee crisis and created the conditions for the emergence of ISIS. They are also the real reasons the peoples of the Middle East despise us. It has nothing to do with any innate quality of Islam.
End arms sales to foreign despots and butchers. This should include Israel, until they withdraw from Palestine and make a just, democratic peace with them.
I know; it’s less a list than a mini-manifesto. But these are great ideas.
What would you propose to give the UK a better future than it’s currently facing?
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