Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Thoughts on a new manifesto: England, immigrants and the family

The Fabian Society has asked a few Labour MPs what they would propose to Ed Miliband for insertion into the party's next election manifesto. Here are the thoughts of Frank Field:

1. England - according to Field the next manifesto must have something to say on the so called 'English' question. He suggests that once again Labour must again lead the devolution debate – but for England this time (he warns that it would be very dangerous if the Tories were to be seen as the party of England).

2. Immigration - Field argues that we cannot survive with the present rate of change and calls on Labour to lead the debate on how to slow down the movement from Eastern into Western Europe.

3. Family - Labour must commit to eliminating from the benefit system the huge unintended discrimination against couple households. He says that the 'mega rise' in young single parents started after Thatcher's destruction of male manufacturing jobs. He suggests that young males in particular should be given serious training options instead of the all too mundane ones presently on offer.

What do you think? Is Frank right? Is this political cross-dressing gone mad? Could not each of these points just as likely appear in a Tory manifesto?

Or is the reality that Field is correct and that all three are political 'nettles' that will have to grasped sooner or later?

3 comments:

Phil A said...

If Labour want to survive in the long term, they need to reverse the deconstruction of the UK that they have embarked upon.

If Brown brings up the idea of Bills of rights and constitutions he needs to remember that an EU constitution, or treaty - or whatever other convenient fiction he wants to refer to it by, is more likely to impact on the UK and England than any constitution he may graciously hand down.

The sort imposed by politicians, of any stripe, are more often a charter to suppress the liberty of the citizen.

He also needs to remember that these things are more often forced on those who govern, by those they govern, as the price of continuing to be allowed to govern, than the other way round.

Think Magna Carta, Bill of Rights…

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ontoyoulot said...

when truth is monitered we see fascists at work.........