Forget Corbyn – vote for the policies

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Whether you like the man fronting them or not, Labour’s manifesto pledges would transform lives

If you’ve voted Labour in the past but don’t like Corbyn, vote for the policies.

The manifesto he launched last month contained proposals that would measurably improve the living standards of almost everyone in Britain.

It sets out to create what generations of Labour members joined the party to try and help achieve – a fairer, more equal society.

No more fawning over ‘wealth creators’ and dead-eyed social vandalism under the guise of ‘balancing the books – here’s a 1945-style vision of a country that works for the majority of the people who live in it, not just big business and the rich.

The Tories are running the NHS into the ground. Seven years of Conservative government have left us with a ‘humanitarian crisis’ in the healthcare system, to quote the Red Cross. Labour would halt further cuts in the healthcare budget – the Tories want another £22bn’s worth –  and spend an extra £6bn a year on the NHS.

Britain’s social care system is on its last legs. It’s chronically underfunded, and carers are scandalously underpaid. They do their best in extremely difficult circumstances – but in too many cases, old people aren’t getting the level of care they need. Labour would invest £1.5bn to build a care system fit for purpose.

Millions of people are struggling to pay their bills. Energy companies and landlords maximise their profits by constantly hiking prices. Labour would respond by renationalising the UK’s energy grid, and capping the amount landlords can increase rent.

Millions are struggling to find housing they can afford. Labour would build 10,000 affordable, quality council houses every year.

Tuition fees discourage people from getting an education. University leavers are saddled with unrepayable debt. Labour would abolish these fees.

Privatised public transport is run on a shoestring to maximise corporate profit. Decades of underinvestment have resulted in a shoddy, expensive service. Labour will take back the railways, and run them for the public, not for profit.

Kids need healthy, nutritious meals. For some, school is the only place they can get them. For others, that’s not the case. Labour wouldn’t discriminate. By 2020, it wants free school meals for all primary school pupils.

Real wages aren’t keeping up with the ever-rising cost of living. We’re living through the longest and most severe period of declining pay since Victorian times. Labour would introduce a £10 minimum wage.

The effects of climate change are becoming more obvious all the time. It isn’t a fringe issue – it’s the single biggest threat facing not just Britain, not just rich countries, but the species as a whole. Labour wants 60% of our energy to come from clean, green, renewable sources by 2030.

Courtesy of your friends in the richest 5%

And all of these measures, and the dozens of others you’ll find in one of the most rigorously costed, policy-packed manifestoes in British political history, would be implemented without raising taxes on anyone by the richest 5% of people in the country.

For thirty-five years, politics has been skewed in favour of the richest. The top 1% now control a quarter of the country’s total wealth. The poorest fifth (13 million people) have just 0.8% of that total wealth. The richest 1,000 people in Britain are collectively worth £658bn. Meanwhile, living standards for almost everyone else have been in decline for decades.

Labour wants to change that. It wants to take back some of that staggering wealth and use it to make life better for the struggling majority.

The party probably won’t win the election. But the more people vote for its radical policies, the further the political centre-ground gets dragged in a more just, democratic, egalitarian direction – and the more likely we are see those policies implemented in our lifetimes.