Saturday, 12 June 2010

Where does the Labour party go from here?

The Guardian has an article looking at the views of nine leading 'left-wing' thinkers. You can read it here.

This is reported as the 'left-wing' of the Labour Party so there should be some radical ideas knocking about. Let's have a look. Well, I was going to go through it but I think it's easier to just list the items. If you want to know more then follow the link above.

proper voting reform
an Apollo-style declaration to turn Britain into the Saudi Arabia of offshore wind
families and work-life balance
job share in the shadow cabinet
a non-selective school entrance system
deciding what is the right size of the public sector
move on tax avoidance
scrap inheritance tax, introduce a French and Swedish-style wealth tax
regulate the market
democratise the state
introduction of modern capital controls
European-wide minimum wage and tax on bonuses and high pay
directly elected education boards
a 35-hour week
a big examination of family law
a careful look carefully at adoption
clamp down on dangerous and nuisance driving
investigate the activities of pubcos [big pub companies]
a universal banking obligation
a green investment bank
a competition inquiry into the big banks
abolish the current higher-rate pension tax relief
introduce tax relief of 20p in the pound for anyone who saves
how we can afford fairness and equality
VAT on private school fees.
universal tax credit system, going to everybody
a new way to pay for politics
more women into politics
Invest in prevention
formalise cash-in-hand working
responsibility charging
All well and good taken in their own right but the stuff of change? The issues we have with the country and the wider world boil down to power and greed. The capitalist system uses these to retain control in the hands of the few. I've come to realise that I don't want a party that seeks to tinker round the edges, that looks to spin the positive from a situation, that seeks to limit their remit to turd polishing.

None of the above is going to change things. All it will do is give the illusion of change but leaving the underlying malaise free to fester.

The Labour party was once described as a 'broad church' which was one of its powers but it now seems to have descended into a small sect of a much larger mega-church, the church of greed and capitalism.

The answer to the question of this post is "into history'.

Now, where to find a party that will bring in socialism?