The leaked Labour Manifesto is (for me at least) refreshingly radical.
It suggests that they may have taken a leaf out of Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything.
This is a book due to be published in November but rumour has it that Labour have help from the same Bernie Sanders’ team.
It is, I think, quoted in the Australian economist’s Bill Mitchell’s Billy blog
‘You Won’t Get a Revolution If You Don’t Ask for One.
What set Bernie Sanders apart from the start of his campaign was his message and his authenticity as a messenger. Then he unleashed the makings of a real political revolution – he asked for one.
He outlined radical solutions our moment calls for, not the tepid instrumentalist compromises that most politicians think of all that is feasible.
Bernie didn’t talk about education tax credits or even debt-free college. He demanded free college tuition.
He didn’t advocate for complicated health insurance schemes, he said healthcare is a human right.’
Bernie called for an end to mass incarceration, not incremental changes in sentencing laws.
He had no 10-point plan to regulate fracking to the point that it wouldn’t be feasible in most places in the United States. He simply said we should ‘ban fracking’.
Perhaps it’s the fracking that is the give-away?
But I have to say I heartily approve – you have to be radical so as not to be constrained by the ‘normal’ narrative.
I think a lot of youth and NHS staff will be supporting Labour.
And it is even more encouraging that Labour won’t do Brexit without a deal.
The manifesto seems to lack radicalism in only one respect:
as both Charles Adams and Richard Murphy would suggest, it is just a pity that they think the proposals have to be so precisely, yet mistakenly, “fully costed”.