Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Greens get it and are boldly going with it

The Green Party is intellectually well ahead of the other parties in policies for economic justice and fairness. Their preliminary outline policies are designed to promote a more equal and balanced society and include Citizen's Income (Policy EC730-733); Land Value Taxation (EC 791-793); and Monetary Reform and Community Banks (EC 660-679).

The message from Greece and Spain and elsewhere in Europe is that minority parties are catching a mood that is stirring in the political psyche of ordinary people. Even though the banking crisis hit seven years ago, new revelations of strange and dubious banking practices are just coming into the light. And still the 'legal exemption' from taxes by international firms seems an intractable problem. People are getting truly fed up. Not only perhaps by the brazen unfairness of these things but that none of the dinosaur parties intend to tackle the mess at its root. The Occupy movement has a long way to run still and the fact that the Green Party is boldly rooting around at core remedies for unfairness is excellent news and people are taking notice - membership is growing.  

Andrew Neil interviewed the Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, see YouTube 15 Jan 2015 the 'car crash interview'. Does it matter that she was unable to tell Neil exactly how the cost of the  £280bn bill works out for Basic Income - £72 per week for every citizen? Only a bit - at this stage of the election campaign - so she had to refer him to the Green Party website which will be updated in March with figures to show how this is possible.  Anyway when the time comes for actual figures the Citizen's Income Trust are well able to prove the case and have been working on this for years.

Andrew Neil's interview technique is a rather more benign version of Prime Minister's questions in the House of Commons - he actually listens and responds to the specific answer - rather than, as in PMQs, ignoring the point made and indulging in puerile name calling. But perhaps a little enquiry into the proposed different society that the Greens are planning for - more balanced and equal - might actually illuminate Neil's viewers. At least it would be more revealing and uplifting than PMQs.          

Is Labour near advocating Citizen's Income? The Citizen's Income Trust thinks they could be after reading an article by Rachel Reeves in Renewal.  But no official policy like the Greens.

What about Tory Ian Duncan-Smith's Universal Credit?  Is it a move  in the Citizen's Income direction? The Citizens Income Trust comments that it could easily be morphed into it. 

Renewal also highlights monetary reform so there is hope that Labour is at least aware of such society-transforming economic good sense and justice.

The Lib-Dems and Labour are both pushing for Mansion Tax which is a loophole for full land value tax to be levied on all land. But no party is as principled and clear as the Green Party on LVT, Citizen's Income and Monetary Reform - the three essential economic reforms for fairness. The Greens get it and are boldly going with it.

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