Leaked Labour Manifesto

These are the key points from the leaked Labour manifesto with my comments in brackets.

  • Respect the Brexit referendum result (NO) and give a meaningful vote on any deal to parliament.(IF YOU CANT STOP IT THEN YES TO THIS) EU citizens living in the UK would have their rights guaranteed unilaterally. (YES) Theresa May’s Brexit white paper would be replaced with a plan that aims to retain the benefits of the customs union and single market.(REALISTICALLY THAT AINT GOING TO HAPPEN)
  • Bring parts of the energy industry into public ownership and introduce a local, socially owned energy firm in every area. Also introduce an “immediate emergency price cap” to make sure dual fuel bills stay below £1,000 a year.(YES, BUT BRING IT ALL IN)
  • Nationalise the railways.(YES)
  • Phase out tuition fees.(YES, BUT SCRAP THEM IMMEDIATELY AND WRITE OFF ANY EXISTING STUDENT DEBT)
  • Make more funds available for childcare and social care.(YES)
  • Retain the Trident nuclear deterrent. (NO) A sentence from earlier drafts saying that a prime minister should be “extremely cautious” about using a weapon that would kill “millions of innocent civilians” has been removed.
  • Place “peace, universal rights and international law” at the heart of foreign policy,(YES) while committing to spend 2% of GDP on defence, as required by Nato.(NO, UNLESS SIMILAR COMMITTMENTS ARE MADE IN OTHER AREAS OF PUBLIC SPENDING_
  • Make zero-hours contracts illegal.(YES, YES, YES)
  • Build 100,000 new council houses per year.(YES, BUT NOT ENOUGH)
  • Complete HS2 from London to Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Scotland.(NO SCRAP IT, SPEND THE MONEY ON SOMETHING ELSE)
  • Borrow £250bn to invest in infrastructure (YES) but stick to the fiscal credibility rule to balance day-to-day spending.(NO) Also raise taxes for people earning more than £80,000 and reverse corporation and inheritance-tax cuts.(YES)
  • Insulate homes of disabled veterans for free.(OK)
  • Extend the right to abortion to Northern Ireland.(YES)
  • Oppose a second Scottish referendum.(NO)
  • Lower the voting age to 16.(YES)
  • Employ 1,000 more border guards.(WHY?)
  • End the badger cull, keep the fox-hunting ban and support a ban on wild animals in circuses, as well as protecting bees by banning neonicotinoids.(YES)
  • Extend the Freedom of Information Act to private companies running public services.(YES)
  • Review universal credit cuts with a view to reversing them.(YES, BUT JUST REVERSE THE DAMN THINGS)
  • Recognise the benefit that immigrants (YES) have brought but introduce fair rules and reasonable management, (NO, SOUNDS LIKE A LIMIT/RESTRICTION, I AM FUNDAMENTALLY OPPOSED TO THAT) working with employers that need to recruit from abroad but deterring exploitation.(YES)

On the face of it a lot to support there, some things I don’t like and some omissions I would like to see.

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