Thursday, November 20, 2014
Labour's Electoral Programme (Part 16, the Summary)
In the previous 15 parts of this series, I have taken 180 points from Labour's Policy Document, called its "National Policy Forum Report". For presentational reasons these are not direct quotes, but are near-quotes. My intention has been to retain the original meanings. I have also, however, been selective as nearly twice as many points can be found in the original document; but hopefully I have not missed out on any of the major areas which are covered.
A reason that I started to summarise these points was that I felt that the Labour Party was missing key opportunities to spread its ideas in the run up to the General Election. The earlier version of its proposals were missing from both the European Election Campaign and the Scottish Referendum Campaign. Then when Labour finally adopted its proposals at its recent annual conference, this was done in a very low key fashion.
I had two main fears. First, that we were only going to start pushing the programme in the period of the short election campaign after the Commons itself was dissolved - and this would be too late. Or secondly (even worse), that the broad sweep of the proposals would just be ignored and had only been worked upon to keep the active rank and file quiet. But things have now started to improve. Even Ed Miliband's speech at the CBI drew from what is now my final category on the Private Sector; then he came out with a strong line with an earlier point against Zero Hours Contacts. This week the section on Immigration has been stoutly pushed by Yvette Cooper. Then tomorrow we can expect the section on the NHS to be strongly pursued in a Common's debate on a relevant Private Members Bill. On top of which there are also signs that Labour will initially seek to begin to galvanise its members first through a planned series of Regional Meetings; as shown here.
Not only do we need to push the points I cover using the media and then counter any flack they come up with; but we need canvassers and candidates to be pushing our programme. It moves us beyond New Labour and opens the door for clearer democratic socialist advance at a later stage.
This is what is covered in the previous 15 sections -
For part 1 "Improving Wages and Working Conditions" see here
For part 2 "Fair, Sustainable and Responsible Economic Growth" see here
For part 3 "An Equitable Tax Structure" see here
For part 4 "A Charter For Young People" see here
For part 5 "The National Health Service" see here
For part 6 "Education, Education, Education" see here
For part 7 "Local Democracy" see here
For part 8 "Political Reform and Equal Rights" see here
For part 9 "Energy and Climate Change" see here
For part 10 "Disability. Transport" see here
For part 11 "Policing and Security" see here
For part 12 "Europe and Immigration" see here
For part 13 "Rural and Cultural" see here
For part 14 "Our Global Role" see here
For part 15 "Pensions. Private Sector" see here
ADDED 6 DECEMBER - There is also this, which I have just discovered on a Labour Party web-site. How many CLPs are aware of it ? And how many are making use of it ?