Friday, 11 June 2010

The Big Ideas

What now for Labour? The big question. It’s the subject of a 2 page spread in this morning’s Guardian G2 magazine. Journalist John Harris has asked 9 “leftwing thinkers” what “big new ideas” the party should embrace.

Here’s a selection:

  • Proper voting reform
  • Focus on fathers
  • Get more women into politics
  • Establishing a green investment bank

    The thinkers include Will Straw (from Left Foot Forward), Neal Lawson (Chair of pressure group Compass), Sunder Katwala (of the Fabian Society) and a little-known Labour politician called Carwyn Jones.

    So amongst the calls to put VAT on private school fees, introducing a 35 hour week and looking at breaking up this big banks, what are the big ideas our First Minister thinks will set the world on fire...

    Here’s an extract:

    “We need to clamp down on dangerous and nuisance driving. I get this time and time again on the doorstep: people complaining about cars racing up and down roads, a hell of a noise...we should fight the idea that speed cameras are a bad thing. They’ve saved a hell of a lot of lives.

    I also this we should investigate the activities of pubcos [big pub companies]. We’ve had a problem over the years with pubs being turned into flats and house - if you take a put out of a small community, you rip its heart out.”

    I wonder if these will be the transformational policies the Labour party need to revive their fortunes? You never know...

    Dewi Tri


  • 1 comment:

    Anonymous said...

    I wonder if these will be the basis of Labour's election manifesto next year, along with sucking up to whoever is leading Labour then and bashing Welsh medium school children of course.