Thursday 11 August 2016


Three pledges examined yesterday, four more today.

We Pledge:

A secure National Health and Social Care Service 

We will end the neoliberal ideologically-driven privatisation and bring services into a secure publicly-provided NHS. We will integrate the NHS and social care for older and disabled people. Dignity will be a premium value. We will  ensure parity for mental health services.

In short, there will be a decent and proper framework for a healthy nation based on need and prevention and not, in any shape or form, profit.

Banner headlines at Heartlands - the Corbyn rally last Saturday in Cornwall - (all pictures from the 'West Briton') 

We Pledge:

A free National Educational Service, an NES, open to all throughout their lives

We will create universal public childcare to give all children a good start in life, allowing greater sharing of caring responsibilities and removing barriers for those women who want to participate in the labour market. We will restore free education for all. We will guarantee quality apprenticeships and adult skills training.

In short, there will be a service that recognises the needs and rights of the people to enjoy learning

throughout their lifetime.

We Pledge:

Action to secure our environment

We will  act to protect the future of our planet. Social justice will  be at the heart of  our environment policies. We will meet our national commitment to the Paris climate agreement and accelerate our transition to a low-carbon economy. We will use our National Investment Bank to help the expansion of green industries, investing for instance in public and community-owned renewable  energy. Our energy will  be clean energy - energy for the 60 million, not the big 6 energy companies. We will defend and extend the environmental protections gained from our years in the EU.

In short, our politics will be green politics - we recognise and act on the fact that our children's children future is in our hands. 

Corbyn family supporters gather before the rally

We Pledge:

Peace and justice at the heart of our foreign policy

We will put conflict  resolution and human rights at the centre of  our foreign policy. Working through the United Nations, we will never support aggressive wars of intervention. We will prioritise the alleviation of the refugee crisis. We recognise that British foreign policy has long failed to be either truly independent or sufficiently internationally cooperative. Our diplomatic and moral  authority has diminished. We will build human rights and  social justice into trade policy, honour our international  treaty obligations on nuclear disarmament and encourage others to do the same.

In short, a foreign policy with moral integrity - a new vision for a 21st century that is a far cry from our imperial and military past. There are other ways to be proudly British.

Heartlands - an hour before the rally started

I feel exhilarated in setting out these pledges and exploring the ways they can change our lives for the better. We have such potential as human beings to live rich and wonderful lives. Honouring these pledges will create a framework for our enrichment. A Labour Party in government, inspired by these values with Jeremy Corbyn at the helm. 2020 or earlier. Bring it on.            


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