Labour lays claim to a progressive future
Posted by Matt Walker on April 13, 2010
Yesteday the Labour Party published its election manifesto, “A future fair for all”, containing the values, ideas, and policies it hopes it will be able to implement over the next five years. What is immediately interesting is the sheer length of it! It is 76 pages long (although the Tory manifesto is 130 pages long). Now, I have a great interest in politics and yet find this pretty much unreadable. What the general public will make of it I don’t know, but I can guess – most people won’t read it. Gone are the days when a manifesto covered a few pages and could be easily digested.
In fairness, the Labour Party website itself does try to help us out a bit. It specifies its broader values as :
- Rebuilding the economy
- Reform and protection of public services
- Renewal of politics
There is also a handy video, which does make the manifesto more digestible.
It is also worth taking a look at either the BBC and Guardian websites. The Guardian’s analysis is particularly interesting, taking the reader through each page of the manifesto, with various annotations. Here’s some of the highlights:
- “It is our belief that it is active, reforming government, not absent government, that helps make people powerful.”
- halve the deficit by 2014
- no increase in income tax
- national minimum wage to rise in line with average earnings
- Referendums on electoral and House of Lords reform
- Strengthening of public power over public service delivery
Given that the manifesto is 76 pages long, this post could in theory go on forever! It will be interesting to see which parts get emphasised over the campaign. Anything here which excites or depresses you?