Friday, 7 August 2015

Placing a value on social profit

Labour was rejected at the ballot box a few months ago. The electorate didn't want the shoddy austerity-lite Labour was peddling. This left the Tories. Thus many floating voters voted Conservative; and around a third of the electorate did not exercise their right to vote.

Therefore it is very worrying that experienced politicians such as Andy Burnham show an inability to grasp the lessons of history – even that history they helped to create just a few weeks ago. Andy, trying to compete with the Conservatives on tuition fees by introducing a tuition tax is not a vote winner.  

Don’t you get it, Andy? The public expect a choice when voting. Labour’s manifesto at the last election did not offer enough of a difference to qualify as an alternative to the Tories. Austerity-lite policies are not a real alternative; they still pander to the neoliberal line.

Conversely, Jeremy Corbyn’s agenda does look different. It feels different too. He is not afraid to talk about raising taxes on the rich; and clawing back the £120 billion cheated on taxes. He’ll seriously close tax loopholes; unlike this government who are afraid of upsetting their friends, the tax cheats. Corbyn would give benefit claimants more protection – imagine a politician who doesn’t feel a necessity to attack the welfare state; one who understands the importance of social profit; of how social profit adds value to the lives of millions.  

Whether it’s foreign policy, defence, education, housing, the NHS, transport, or energy, Jeremy’s policies are progressive giving people a distinct choice. His policies share the values of the majority. They do not serve to protect the rights and privileges of the few. 

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