While Labour continues to beat the drum that something must be done to address the rising cost of living, they remain relatively mute on their long-term plans for bringing Britain out of its present financial crisis.
The only short-term proposal they appear to be proposing is a windfall tax on energy firms, which, although appealing, is a drop in the bucket compared to what is required to actually assist people with their bills.
If Labour really cared about the working class, they would put their Green agenda on hold during this crisis. The green tax is estimated to cost up to 25% of your energy bill. Labour has proposed that VAT be removed from energy bills, but this proposal has so far been ignored.
Angela Rayner, Labour’s Deputy Leader, complains in an article in the unison magazine about how out of touch the Conservatives are, despite her party’s failure to present long term ideas to address the cost of living problem.
“The Conservatives are out of touch, out of ideas and out of excuses,” Angela says. “ People across Britain are worried about being able to pay their bills as prices spiral, and the Tories have no answers.”
Ms Rayner then tries to portray Labour as the rescuer of the British people, arguing that “Labour is on your side,” despite the fact that Labour-controlled councils continue to reduce services and raise council tax.
“Labour is on your side and focused on building a better future,” Angela asserts. “ We are offering real solutions, right now, by offering help with squeezed budgets and rising costs – and building a vision for the workplaces of tomorrow.”
As we’ve said before, it’s OK to suggest Labour is developing a new vision, but what that vision is remains a mystery. Please send us a message on our Facebook page if you come across Labour’s vision; we’d be happy to look at it.