Labour’s legislative programme – is it enough?

Perhaps it’s a little early to analyse Labour’s legislative programme, but it is important that we know something of the extent, and lack, of the party’s ambition.

The ten proposed bills were announced in a Guardian article by Ed Miliband yesterday (I actually took them from Angela Rayner’s website. where I first saw the list.  She’s standing in Ashton, and having shared a platform with her,  I’m sure will make a good MP).

I’ve added my commentary.  In summary, there are some good ideas here, but they don’t quite add up to the radical transformative programme that is needed.  In some areas they are timid, and there are silences, such as the need for affordable, and not for profit, housing.  On taxation there is nothing like the progressive taxes on income and wealth that are needed to reverse the inequality that has increased under both Tories and Labour.  Potential sources of government income are also missed.  And there is the absurd commitment to “getting the deficit down” when the government will need to rely on deficit financing.

Proposals on energy and housing fail to consider the environmental impacts, and there is no word on innovative proposals such as “Green QE” and “a million climate jobs” through housing insulation retrofit and similar schemes.

You can read the more detailed, but still short commentary here.

Here is a preview:

click to go to the full pdf

click on image to go to the full pdf

 

 

Advertisements
This entry was posted in politics and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Make a constructive comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s