Rejoice! Ed Miliband has given his last conference speech before GE15 and it is a cracker. Unlimited turnips for all funded, at no cost to the taxpayer, by nasty people. Of course, I jest about the turnips. The main points are here:
• A future Labour government would pay for 36,000 more doctors, nurses and midwives, partly funded by a tax on tobacco firms, a “mansion tax and a crackdown on tax avoidance.
• Focus on six national goals – including boosting pay, apprenticeships and housing – by 2025
• Raise £1.2bn through a tax on houses worth more than £2m
• Lift the minimum wage by £1.50 an hour by 2020
• Give 16 and 17-year-olds the vote
• Urge a UN Security Council resolution to build “international support” for military action against Islamic State
Firstly, action against Islamic State needs to be taken now and not some time after GE15. Secondly, it appears that any money from a mansion tax will be spent on the NHS, the minimum wage and heaven knows what else. Thirdly, tax avoidance is high because HMRC aren’t especially good at detecting it. Will this magically change if Labour get in power? Fourthly, there was no detail whatsoever on how the six national goals would be funded or achieved. Fifthly, giving the vote to children who have never had any sort of responsibility is madness apart from the hope that they would vote Labour through lack of knowledge. Finally, a tax on tobacco companies would have serious implications for millions of ordinary people who have saved in ISAs or pension schemes for their retirement.
What was missing from the speech were any mentions of the EU, immigration levels and the economy. Probably because Beaker has no idea how to deal with them.
Rejoice Comrades, rejoice!