Wednesday, 4 November 2009

A shared progressive agenda?

There is a real threat of Britain taking a hugely regressive step next year, and electing a Tory government at a time when our country and world desperately need something better, more suited to the times.
What I think we really ought to be talking about is what we can agree on as a progressive agenda for fighting back against the tories (in whatever party they are, not just in the Conservative Party - e.g. New Labour and the LibDem leadership are tories too!). The kind of thing that Neal Lawson, James Graham, John Harris etc have been doing.  I think that the basic minimum parameters are something like:
>A real Green New Deal http://www.greennewdealgroup.org/, and serious action on dangerous climate change (and other major environmental threats) more generally.
>Public ownership of _some_ form or another of at least some major bank(s), and re-regulation of the financial sector.
>NO to public service cuts and further privatisations.
>A thorough set of constitutional reforms, incl PR; a new political settlement to genuinely clean up politics.
Something along these lines can perhaps be accepted by green-hued LibDems, leftish Labourites, Salma Yaqoob's Respect Party, the Scots and Welsh Nats, the Green Party (of course), and independents such as Martin Bell and Richard Taylor.


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There is a real threat of Britain taking a hugely regressive step next year, and electing a Tory government at a time when our country and world desperately need something better, more suited to the times.
What I think we really ought to be talking about is what we can agree on as a progressive agenda for fighting back against the tories (in whatever party they are, not just in the Conservative Party - e.g. New Labour and the LibDem leadership are tories too!). The kind of thing that Neal Lawson, James Graham, John Harris etc have been doing.  I think that the basic minimum parameters are something like:
>A real Green New Deal http://www.greennewdealgroup.org/, and serious action on dangerous climate change (and other major environmental threats) more generally.
>Public ownership of _some_ form or another of at least some major bank(s), and re-regulation of the financial sector.
>NO to public service cuts and further privatisations.
>A thorough set of constitutional reforms, incl PR; a new political settlement to genuinely clean up politics.
Something along these lines can perhaps be accepted by green-hued LibDems, leftish Labourites, Salma Yaqoob's Respect Party, the Scots and Welsh Nats, the Green Party (of course), and independents such as Martin Bell and Richard Taylor.


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