Tuesday, November 25, 2008
If we really had a 'Socialist' government in Britain.....
It's been quite hilarious reading the completely OTT response of various media commentators to the incredibly timid economic measures announced by the British government yesterday.
The government said that they would raise the top rate of income tax to 45% on income over £150,000 in 2010- hardly a revolutionary measure considering that most other countries in Europe have a top rate of tax for high earners (often cutting in at a much lower rate than the one proposed by Alistair Darling) but apparently it means that 'socialism' has returned to Britain and we are back to the 1970s.
If we really did have a Socialist government in Britain here's some of the things they'd be doing:
* Renationalising public transport, the energy companies, utilities and Britain's infrastructure.
*Reintroducing a staunchly progressive income tax system.
* Abolishing VAT on fuel altogether.
* Abolishing prescription charges in England.
* Reintroducing free dental care on the NHS.
* Pulling Britain out of the EU, NATO, and the World Trade Organisation.
* Pulling British troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan (funny isn't it, that despite the billions of pounds of public money this would save, the opposition Conservatives, who are calling for government cuts, never even mention this particular economy?)
* Introducing free personal care for the elderly.
* Re-establishing the link between pensions and average earnings, not in 2012 as the government has promised, but now.
* Establishing the very important principle that not a penny of taxpayers money should be given to a private company without the taxpayer acquiring equity in that company.
* Making all 'short-selling' illegal- not just of bank shares.
* Closing the loopholes which mean that billionaires whose money is largely made in Britain, pay little, or no tax whatsoever.
When we do get a government doing all or most of those things, then I think we can accurately call it 'socialist'. In the meantime we can only smile at the attempts to portray Gordon Brown (above) as the George Lansbury of the 21st century.