Thursday, 15 August 2013


UK Labour Party Manifesto - Letter to Guardian - 14th August 2013 - from Professor John Walton.

The Labour party seems to be in search of an identity and a policy agenda (Report, 13 August). About time too. Here are some suggestions for a manifesto, all of which look like common sense.
Repeal all the coalition's NHS legislation and start all over again. Impose effective regulation of privatised utilities, capping their profits and prices. Take the railways back into public ownership as the franchises end. Abandon PFI and find ways of terminating the existing contracts. Stop privatising. It is only "efficient" at maximising profit for private vested interests. Cap rents in the private sector and begin a substantial social housing programme. Make the living wage mandatory, thereby transferring costs from the public purse to the firms who are currently subsidised by the taxpayer. Stop persecuting the unemployed and disabled, and sack Atos.
Clean out the Augean stables of HMRC, start collecting taxes from the rich and shift taxation from basic income and everyday consumption towards property. Abandon Trident and new aircraft carriers, and convert shipyards and nuclear weapons facilities to producing green energy technologies. Stop fracking. Invest in home insulation, which will reduce demand for gas and electricity and create jobs. Mount a full investigation into the illicit activities of the police and special branch, especially as directed against innocent activists. Ban lobbying and remove private interests from direct influence on government. Implement Leveson.
These are modest proposals, and should win votes. But it would be good to see a political party proposing policies because they are the right thing to do.
John Walton

I would add to Prof. Walton's list - nationalize the money-economy and cap interest at 5% to (a) greatly reduce the ludicrously high cost of the money-economy and (b) reduce most prices by 25%, being the money-economy element in most price-chains. And globally repatriate the $32 trillion (80 million jobs) from tax-havens. 

I marvel at and admire all politicians who tip-toe along the top of the narrow fence of democracy - but actually get things done. I understand that elections are about winning the half-witted, unthinking, uneducated floating voters - not about preaching to the converted. But I share the feelings of UK socialists who express anxiety, bewilderment and anger at The Labour Party, which has been sitting on the fence while the Tories break up the National Health Service, to sell cheaply in pieces to the US insurance industry, and try to break up the BBC to give to their Australian offshore pal, Murdoch. The Labour Party could announce that whatever changes are made by the Tories will be immediately reversed in full without compensation. That would sabotage private funding, by adding huge risk. Why don't they do this?

My personal view of Labour Leader, Prime Minister in waiting, Ed Miliband is that he lacks the iron in the soul to be a leader, a statesman, and by heavens We The People urgently need statesmen and women. Ed Miliband seems too civilized to be passionately angry on behalf of his followers. I cannot cast him in the role of an inspired leader. We need inspired and inspiring leaders. Inspired means having breathed in the spirit.  

I fear that he and his brother David, are intellectual Trust Fund Babes, who have never struggled, are professional politicians who care little about injustice - but care about elections - and, my worst fear is that they are like Tony Blair, public school reared, closet and natural Tories, career  politicians, in the pockets of The City and Wall Street and most probably have offshore and tax-haven assets. The assets buried in tax-havens are wrecking the world's economy. The OECD is infiltrated and saturated by Tax-Haven sleepers and sycophants. $32 trillion buys a lot of friends. 

If my paranoid suspicions are wrong (but my assessment of turncoat, offshore Tony Blair was correct), if the Milibands are socialistic at heart, like their father seemed to be, I still cannot imagine either of them being selfless, heroic leaders. If they are - they need to cast off their sheep's clothing and attack. The tacit Justice War is between the parasitic 0.1% offshore, who want nothing to change, and the 99.9% onshore - who are working to build a better future.

Will Ed make changes? It will never happen.

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