What would I change

Joan Smith who has been a member of the labour party and CotL/CSM most of her life, took the time to share with us her brief thoughts on the government and also the Labour party. 

I became a member of what was then the Christian Socialist Movement long ago, almost as long as I have been eligible to vote - and I am 91!  It more or less coincided with my membership of the Labour Party.  

What would I change?  Lots of things - firstly the Government. Cameron and Osborne between them (in my opinion) are even worse than Thatcher.  Regarding the Labour party I didn't vote for Corbyn as leader - and I don't think the media, or the Party have done justice to Miliband.  He got carried away towards the end of his campaign, misled by the opinion polls.  

Corbyn has some good sound Socialist ideas and I admire him for sticking to his principles, but the Party must stop this in-fighting. The country is crying out for a strong Opposition to stand up to the Conservatives.  It fell to the Lords to stop one of their recent proposals.

I agree about not renewing Trident - a terrible waste of funds that are sorely needed by the NHS for one thing, and I am concerned that after the recent Summit on Climate Change, the Government will not have the courage to take the measures necessary to halt it.  We must reduce air pollution ,  and we don't want fracking, but a resumption of Government assistance to wind generation and solar heating.  I would increase the tax on petrol too.  Very unpopular, but necessary, I think. 

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