In this third post, I am focusing on the section of the Labour Manifesto that carries the title:
TACKLE POVERTY AND INEQUALITY (pp. 59-85)
It is divided into six parts, outlined below. My task in this series of blogposts is to highlight the socialist vision in these pages of the Labour Manifesto so that the street cliché: "All politicians are the same - there's no difference between them" withers on the vine. The Labour vision and the policies that follow from that way of seeing the world are markedly different from the social, economic and political realities that have come to pass in this last decade shaped by Tory beliefs and policies.
|Is this fair? Labour politicians don't think so; Tory politicians deny the reality.|
'Work should provide a decent life for all, guaranteeing not just dignity and respect in the workplace, but also the income and leisure time to allow for a fulfilling life outside it.'
Under the Tories, pay has stagnated while insecurity and inequality have risen. In the UK, there are 14.3 million people in poverty; 9 million of these live in families where at least one adult works.
We will rapidly introduce a Real Living Wage of £10 per hour for all workers aged 16 and over - and