We need a vision of what Britain and the world will be like in 5 years time and be ready for a mandate from a desperate country to implement policies that we believe in.
Vision of the Future
In 5 year’s time inequality and the need for homes will be scandals; the NHS and schools will not have enough cash, neither will the Tories have turned the deficit to a surplus. All leaving the next generations poor.
Unemployment will be a serious problem: technology will continue to reduce the need for low-skilled workers and due to technology and outsourcing to Asia, skilled work will also be lost. The roles of people without skills will test society.
This in a world where climate change will have been experienced with effects on mass migration and food production; all compounded by burgeoning world middle class populations competing with Europe and North America, raising commodity prices, especially of food.
The disorder in the House of Islam may be worse.
Inequality and Finance need to be tackled simultaneously by taking the adult view that as a nation, 'Greece-like' we are paying ourselves too much. Government-paid salaries need to be reduced on a sliding scale, introduced gradually and biting deeper year by year to achieve a balanced budget without loosing staff or reducing services. See graph. This will be difficult with rising commodity prices and the call on perhaps the top 60% earners for sacrifice and loyalty will be a hard sell, but essential to preserve national unity.
Homes The increases in both population and number of households combined with years when few houses have been built requires us to face up to the fact that all today’s desirable properties were built on farm land and that is unavoidable. Sustainable housing is more achievable with New Towns and they need to be planned and built.
Unemployment Rather than the convenience of employing go-getting immigrants, we have to love our own unemployed sufficiently to get them to a workplace. Labour must make ‘the Big Society’ idea work by devolving Benefit payments to local government. It will then dawn on communities that Benefit recipients who can be drawn into work release money for other purposes/employment/services.
Alan Doel, Labour Party Member
Ps. The last time labour messed about with a leadership election they took their eye off the ball and let the Tories sow the myth that labour had caused the crash.
By the time milliband had been elected this myth had stuck. Even labour mp’s apologised for causing the crash.
Labour need to set the agenda like robin Cook did with the nhs……he was voracious in his attacks and had new stories in the press every week which never let the Tories settle or return to setting the political agenda.