What is left and who is right?

There is obvious confusion about what it means to be on the left in the UK. For example some who class themselves on the left would now be well to right of the Heathites in the 1970’s, and certainly the Social Democrats of the 1980’s were well to the left of Blairism! I would submit that left values are not ones that can be shifted around depending on the political and economic circumstances of the time but are values and policies that make for a decent society for all, rather than a wealthy few.

1. We should be committed to a fair distribution of wealth through taxation and other redistributive policies. Those who can afford to pay should and show their commitment to society by doing so unequivocably!

2. Key services and industries should not be left to corporate monopolists but should be the preserve of society where we the people set the standards i.e transport, water, gas, electricity, education, health service etc, should be socially owned providing the  basis of giving everyone a decent standard of living buttressed by a benefits system that looks after the genuinely sick and vulnerable.

3. Full quality employment leading to quality retirement should be a key focus. Is it really economic to ship consumerables and food that could be produced at home, half way around the world, when the real cost in terms of global warming is currently discounted? Some indispenable global trade yes! but not based on cheap labour or colonial exploitation falsely labelled, helping the developing world. Huge corporations should be broken up and and markets relocated to main street rather than Wall Street or the City. Yes there is a place for markets as long as they fit in with the ethis of a good society!

4. A free and factual based information society, not some “free press” that is at the whim of rich individuals who seek to transpose their corrosive thinkiing and policies upon us.

5. Above all, accountablity for all who seek power, for power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Demcoracy should does it what it says on the tin, rule for the people and by the people.

6.  We should encourage individual ability in the context of contributing to collectivity. After all it is better to give than to take!

Surely all you on the left would agree with these ideals and for those who disagree, don’t masquerade as someone who really cares!

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