GENERAL ELECTION 2017: JEREMY CORBYN AND LABOUR ON THATCHERISM
Jeremy Corbyn presents the Labour Party Manifesto 2017
Searching hard through the Labour Party Manifesto for 2017 reveals a few policies which might be called Thatcherite.
Labour plans to abolish benefit sanctions and “reform” Universal Credit. However, Universal Credit hasn’t yet been rolled out to everyone and may never be. Meanwhile, lots of claimants, or even most claimants, are still on ESA or JSA. Universal Credit is only paid monthly, so that in itself is a disaster. I don’t see how Universal Credit can be reformed. It should just be abolished and replaced with a humane system like under the last real Labour Government of 1974-1979. Even Jobseekers’ Allowance is mentioned in this Manifesto, suggesting it won’t be abolished.
That typically Thatcherite policy of selling Council Houses is mentioned as well. Apparently, it won’t be abolished, but only suspended unless councils can prove they’re replacing the houses they’re selling off. This policy of still allowing Council House sales would make it difficult to increase the number of Council Houses.
A big change is the promises to renationalise the rail network, water, and energy.
If a manifesto doesn’t say it’s going to abolish something, then we can assume it won’t. I don’t see any mention of abolishing the anti picketing laws, for example.
Of course, this manifesto, mentions several times that Britain will be leaving the EU! This is disastrous, a form of isolationism, which could result in it becoming like apartheid era South Africa, or North Korea!