Under the guise of “Labour Future” New Labour’s right wing have issued a series of policy pamphlets to, in their words, “counter the impression that Labour is intellectually exhausted”.
To be fair the initiative at least frames itself in the context of the challenge of Climate Change. Nevertheless if you were to draw up a radical agenda for saving Labour from years in the wilderness, would you really start here?
Some thoughts on the key points drawn from the published documents (yes god help me I did read them)…
Sensible and responsible banking structures and a strong role for mutuals.
(Ok, not sure what this means, attack tax havens? Regulate exec pay, intervene to support mutuals in the market place? Give the FSA some balls? Stop ex bankers running the FSA like a club? Ban MP’s from bank exec boards? Put union reps on bank exec boards- where is the meat?)
(Ok, but as the women only short list proves, unless you allow more party democracy and grassroots input into selection procedures you will get more loyalist robots)
(So no new rights then?)
(So more market discipline then?)
(Ok, now were cooking!)
(Daw…By fixing you presumably mean cutting?)
(More privatization by stealth)
(Screw over the public sector ethos and introduce performance related pay, because we are all selfish individuals after all- favour bullying managers and the young, screw the tired mothers, older workers, bereaved or sick)
(What does that mean?)
(Ok , not that exciting tho)
(So more unelected union busters running the government then?)
(Unclear on how?)
(Already happening, or was then wasn’t, are you paying attention? This is not new thinking )
(Not sure I understand, universal benefits or targeted benefits, which and how?)
(More economic conscription for unwinnable wars)
(So in fact less democracy, support Euro trade block presided over by President Blair)