Thursday, October 16, 2014
Public Ownership: The Big Issue that could swing it come May 2015
My latest Public Ownership column for the Morning Star.
It’s one of the most popular policies that no major party will support – and Labour could win the election by backing nationalisation, says Neil Clark
It’s general election night. Labour are on course for victory, with a small majority. The Labour leader is asked by the BBC interviewer if the size of the majority will hinder his party’s legislative programme.
“We shall carry out our programme — our manifesto,” the Labour leader replies. “We shall give priority of course to putting on the statute book all those things that we have said, like the public ownership of land…”
That exchange took place exactly 40 years ago after the election of October 10 1974. Public ownership was a topic that cropped up a lot in that election, but fast forward to 2014 and it’s a very different story.
You can read the whole piece here.