I can write… politics, war, poverty, injustice… can some better way forward be made simple or not?
The Conservative Party Conference, UK, is on at the moment. 2015 will be an election year.
My disgust of glib promises inspired me, if that is the right word, to write a letter to my own representative member of UK Parliament, who is Ian Murray, Labour MP for Edinburgh South. This is what I wrote:
Dear Ian Murray
Economy – but what kind?
Please work with Milliband and others in your party to create an economic view that people can see is healthy. [Try socialism that is co-operative, local, etc all helped by the social model of intervention and regulation, not the top-down ‘medical/we know best’ model and definitely not any of the neo-liberal market based theory that has been in place since Reagan/Thatcher times. If people scream communism say Cuba, not Russia China, or say people led socialism not party led.]
Put production and service first, money / finance a long way behind.
People, especially those hard working class who tend to support conservatism as the thing they ‘trust’ can understand this.
WORK is what is done, to produce and serve, and get an OK life from it for ourselves and our dependents and our communities and wider society. Just reward is NOT the same as financial profit. Yes those who invest need reward too, but it can be clear that investment is linked to the production or the service (private and public investment should show the same link). Use a word like investment – that can be time and effort as well as money – people understand this.
Work is investment of time effort money skill care attention to SOMETHING produced or given in service. No more separation of ‘capital’ and ‘working class’ whether the people live in UK or in Bangladesh/China etc where profit making corporations have outsourced to cheapest suppliers.
In other words – say clearly what all know – neo-liberalism and the market theory of economy has failed. Money makes money makes money exploits and abuses someone somewhere who does the work, who invests their time and energy, their hopes for life.
Try to convey a socialism that is co-operative, local, etc all helped by the social model of intervention and regulation, not the top-down ‘medical/we know best’ model and definitely not any of the neo-liberal market based theory that has been in place since Reagan/Thatcher times.
If people scream communism say Cuba, not Russia China, or say people led socialism not party led. Strengthen local unions, co-operatives, put a cap or a tax on top wages. if they say they are leaving, let them leave.
I am very tired of seeing how often “Labour” forgets what labour is, and how essential it is to any economy that works. I can’t be the only one surely!!!
your constituent, Elspeth Crawford
Let me know if you have read this – a simple answer will do as I can watch your blog and efforts through the upcoming year.