Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, October 02, 2015

Corbyn's new Labour

The annual Labour Party conference has written a mainifesto (platform) for its next campaign (in 2020, probably). The new leader of Labour, Jeremy Corbyn is pointing the party in the direction of the old, pre-Blair Labour Party.

Labour promises to renationalise English railways
The Labour conference has formally committed itself to the renationalisation of the English rail network…

Labour’s national executive committee agreed a statement that paves the way for the rolling renationalisation of the rail network…

Manuel Cortes, the general secretary of the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA)… said: “I’m absolutely delighted that after years and years of campaigning the Labour party has finally seen sense… We will be running our railways in the interests of passengers and taxpayers.”

Labour will set up a rail taskforce that will seek to find a mechanism to… return private rail franchises into public ownership when they come to an end…

Corbyn believes that his plans for a rolling renationalisation of the railways, which enjoys strong support in opinion polls, is one of his most significant policies…

Corbyn said: “The privatisation of the railways fragmented our rail network meaning the most expensive and confusing ticketing structures in Europe…

“We need to rebuild an integrated publicly owned railway network that is run by the people for the people. It is important for our economy, society and the environment that our railways are run in the public interest not for private profit… "

The new shadow energy secretary, Lisa Nandy, announced that a Labour government would not seek to renationalise energy companies: “Jeremy [Corbyn] and I don’t want to nationalise energy. We want to do something far more radical. We want to democratise it.”…

Nandy said: “There should be nothing to stop every community in this country owning its own clean energy power station. Across the country schools are already taking the initiative and going solar. Generating power and heat for their own use…

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