Now before I write this, let me first say that I have a great respect for Julian Ware Lane and all he attempts to do. I did however find his blog today `labour-promises-ten-reasons-to-back-us-tomorrow’ strange.

Why? you might be asking, he is after all just promoting his party. And yes that is true but a little while back he attacked Tony Cox here for appearing to be fighting next year’s general election rather than this year’s local election. He says in this piece `Cllr Tony Cox appears to be thinking that he is fighting the General Election; he is twelve months premature.`

Well looking at this following list from Julian’s post:

  1. Freeze gas and electricity bills until 2017 and reform the energy market
  2. Get 200,000 homes built a year by 2020
  3. Stop families that rent being ripped off and help them plan for the future with new long term predictable tenancies
  4. Cut income tax for hardworking people through a lower 10p starting tax rate, and introduce a 50p top rate of tax as we pay off the deficit in a fair way
  5. Ban exploitative zero-hour contracts
  6. Make work pay by strengthening the Minimum Wage and providing tax breaks to firms that boost pay through the Living Wage
  7. Back small businesses by cutting business rates and reforming the banks
  8. Help working parents with 25 hours free childcare for three and four year-olds
  9. Tackle the abuse of migrant labour to undercut wages by banning recruitment agencies that only hire foreign workers and pressing for stronger controls in Europe
  10. Back the next generation with a job guarantee for the young unemployed and more apprenticeships

However admirable/needed these promises might be, they appear to be more geared towards the general election. Indeed we could perhaps turn around Cllr Ware Lane’s closing comments on him;  – `The elections this month are for councillors and MEPs. So, not only is the headline misleading, it is not within Cllr Cox’s power to deliver on it anyway.`


2 thoughts on “Julian!

  1. Well, it strikes me that the Conservatives keep harping on about their EU referendum etc, so I thought I would respond in kind.

    But yes, these are promises for the General Election. However, I could (weakly) argue that a bigger councillor base sets us up nicely for next year’s battle.

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