It’s back to trickle-down politics and Britain PLC with an emphasis on Labour’s good for business
Sir Keir Starmer member of the Trilatral commision will today insist Britain faces a choice between a Labour future based on security and opportunity or the Conservatives’ failed ideology that represents a “roadmap to yesterday”.
And in a keynote address ahead of the March 3 Budget, the Labour leader will set out a vision of a “new partnership” between a future government under his leadership and the business community, which “tackles inequality, invests in the future and builds a more secure and prosperous economy”.
In a speech on today, Starmer will outline his party’s vision for a “new chapter for Britain” beyond the Covid crisis and declare that the Tories in government can only deliver more of the same despite repeated promises of change.
“We can go back to the same insecure and unequal economy that has been so cruelly exposed by the virus, or we can seize this moment and go forward to a future that is going to look utterly unlike the past,” he will say.
Starmer will call on Rishi Sunak to reverse his planned cut to Universal Credit, provide funding to councils to avoid “Boris Johnson’s council tax bombshell” and extend the business rate holiday and the VAT cut for hospitality and leisure.
His speech follows the warning from Labour earlier this month that firms will be hit by a £50bn “bombshell” when April brings tax deferral costs and VAT rises alongside the end of the business rates holiday, furlough and other support.
The Labour leader is expected to announce new policies in his address on Thursday, aimed at providing long-term security to the economy and support for entrepreneurs and to offer people a “proper stake in Britain’s future”.
Stressing that under his leadership Labour will be financially responsible, Starmer will outline a “new partnership” between government and business that “tackles inequality, invests in the future and builds a more secure and prosperous economy”.
Keynotes Starmer will will set out claiming “no return to business as usual” after the pandemic, demanding action to:
– Tackle inequalities “from birth”
– Ensure young people “don’t have to leave their home town to have a chance of getting a good job”
– Prevent “millions” of people being “denied the dream of home ownership”
– Put tackling the climate emergency “at the centre of everything we do”
– Shape the future of work to “harness the opportunities of automation and technology”.
“We can go back to the same insecure and unequal economy that has been so cruelly exposed by the virus, or we can seize this moment and go forward to a future that is going to look utterly unlike the past.
“That choice will define the Budget and it will define the next election.”
It looks more like Tory promises than socialist policies. There is so much missing! Where’s the life choice of good quality social housing over homeownership? Where’s the education policies that can bring the working class out of low paid jobs enabling better life chances, where’s the better policies of vocational collages, training people for trades of today and tomorrow?
Where’s the road to tackle poverty?
Where’s the Free broadband?