Saturday, 22 August 2015

Does a Left-wing Lurch make you sea-sick?

The talk about a Labour Party lurch to the left if Jeremy Corbyn becomes leader is (to my mind) becoming a sickening spin that all (especially Tories and centre-ists) but the well-informed believe.

Commonsense and fairness is the basis of Corbyn's thinking, and his 10-point policy plan surely reveals that:
  • Growth not austerity – with a national investment bank to help create tomorrow's jobs and reduce the deficit fairly. Fair taxes for all.
  • A lower welfare bill through investment and growth
  • Action on climate change
  • Public ownership of railways and in the energy sector
  • Decent homes for all in public and private sectors by 2025 through a big house-building programme and controlling rents.
  • A foreign policy that prioritises justice and assistance.
  • Fully-funded NHS, integrated with social care, with an end to privatisation in health.
  • Protection at work including an end to zero hours contracts
  • Equality for all
  • A life-long national education service for decent skills and opportunities, universal childcare, the abolition of student fees, restoring grants, and funding adult skills training.
What's not stated here is his belief that the Trident project should be scrapped (providing huge savings) and I believe he is absolutely right here. Today is a different kind of world to the one we lived in 30 years ago (yes, despite North Korea) and requires a different kind of outlook. Therefore, Tridents have now become obsolete before they're built. We can save a huge amount of money by their removal from the current economic plan.

The news this week that zero-hour contracts represent one in four of job offers is disturbing, but Jeremy wants to be rid of them.

On Green issues, Corbyn collects a wad of brownie points from me as he has stated:
We can overcome the challenge of climate change and build a sustainable future - but not if we leave power in the hands of corporations only interested in short-term profit. We need democratic government acting in the long-term interests of people, not husky-hugging photo opportunities.
He has also said recently:
I'm in favour of the highest possible use of PV to generate electricity but I find it rather sad when I see farmland being taken over by solar energy generation, thus using crop space or grazing space, while nearby there's acres and acres of roofs on warehouses and other things which are not being used for generation.
If all this is a "left wing lurch" then I'm all for it!