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Ignore the hysteria. Our plans to tax the very rich and reshape the economy are sound common sense
As people wake up to the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn actually being able to win the Labour leadership, the reaction has become increasingly hysterical, especially from elements of the Labour establishment.
The near panic is especially evident in its response to the strategy outlined by Corbyn’s team of economic advisers.
A small band of shadow cabinet members have lined up to refuse to serve in posts they haven’t even been offered, on the basis of objection to economic policies they clearly haven’t read. Rebukes to Labour supporters to end their summer of “craziness” also not only insult the intelligence, idealism and judgment of our party members but have simply made them more determined to challenge this heavy-handed, domineering establishment attitude.
Some commentators have also prophesied economic and electoral doom if Corbyn is elected. Let’s see if, at least on economic policy, we can return to some level of rational debate. Let’s start by tracing out where there is absolute agreement.
First, it is unarguable that no modern party leader can win an election if behind in the polls on economic competence. Ed Miliband, sadly, was proof of this truism. Second, deficit denial is a non-starter for anyone to have any economic credibility with the electorate. This was...
I have sent this letter to all Labour MPs to try and draw a halt to the personalised infighting that has gone on with talk in the media of splits and breakaways if Jeremy Corbyn gets elected.
Like me I am sure that you will have been dismayed at some of the statements made by figures within the Labour movement that are allowing the media to give the impression to the general public of a party that is internally divided.
You and I know that this is not the case. In many ways this is just a little bit of the over excitement that often accompanies elections.
I share John Prescott’s view that everyone should just calm down and think seriously about the long-term future of the party and the people we seek to represent.
To reassure everyone that whatever the outcome of the leadership election we have a process for uniting the party, I am writing to propose a process to be adopted immediately following the election result that would ensure the fullest inclusion of everyone within the party in determining the party’s strategy for the coming period, its policy programme and its decision making processes.
In this way nobody would feel excluded and everybody would have a democratic say.
This involves ensuring that the direction of the party rests firmly in the hands of our members.
I propose that immediately following the leadership election the new leader announces that all the leadership candidates will be given the joint responsibility of organising a wide-ranging and detailed consultation on the party’s political strategy, policy programme and internal party decision-making processes.
For this process of party membership engagement at local CLP and regional levels to take place over a three month period culminating in a recall annual conference to take the final decisions on...
Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee has launched today an investigation into the impact of a 3rd runway at Heathrow on the Government’s commitment to tackle air pollution.
Submissions to this cross-party Committee are being sought by a deadline of 5pm on Thursday September 3 2015 on the following:
Whether the indicative policies and proposed mitigations set out in the Airports Commission’s recommended option are realistic and achievable.
What the implications of adopting or not adopting those policies and mitigations are for wider government policy.
Whether realistic and achievable alternatives to those policies and mitigations exist, should the government adopt the recommended option.
What steps the government should take in these areas to reach its decision in a way that is consistent with its commitments on sustainable development.
The chair of the committee, Huw Irranca-Davies MP said “Environmental concerns are a key part of the debate on airport expansion. Critics of airport expansion have raised concerns about whether it is possible to expand airport capacity in the South East while meeting the UK’s binding commitments on air pollution and climate change. We will be examining the Airports Commission’s assessment of these issues in order to inform the debate about the future of aviation in the South East.”
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