My take on Labour’s manifesto

April 15, 2015 at 10:33 pm / by

Tulip Siddiq

Anyone that was unsure about Labour’s positive plan for Britain should take a few minutes to read Labour’s 2015 manifesto and Ed Miliband’s speech launching it in Manchester.

For too long, rich and powerful vested interests have dominated legislation on tax reforms (whether it is non-doms or corporate tax loopholes). The end result, after centuries of tinkering, is a labyrinthine and unjust system. Those in the middle have ended up paying more in tax to secure the strong public services and infrastructure we all want, while the vulnerable and the poor are struggling to get the support they need, particularly under the ideologically-driven priorities of recent cuts. It’s simply not fair.

Ed Miliband has already proved he has the courage to take on the “big six” energy companies, the global banks and Rupert Murdoch. This manifesto shows that he can transform that courage into change – whether it is tackling low wages and job insecurity, increasing house building, or rebuilding the NHS. I’m also proud that Labour’s pledges are properly costed and funded, unlike David Cameron’s plans on the NHS and income tax, and that Labour would legislate to require major parties to have their manifestos independently audited by the Office of Budget Responsibility.

Meanwhile, the Tory manifesto seems to have staked everything on a revival of Margaret Thatcher’s ideas. Needless to say, I think the world has moved on since.