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(JAI: Democrat Bernie Sanders feigns 'democratic socialism' but what comes
from him is a lotta on Democratic (Large D) but nada on socialism.  Oh he
may make mentions of and allusions to universal health care and or free
college tuition but he fears to point out that the emperor (read:
capitalism) has no clothes (read: has run out of gas, can no longer sustain
growth, indeed is leading to a lessened life-span
and a lower standard of living
When has Sanders called for socialism?

Part of the Labour Party, associated with Jeremy Corbin, has issued a
manifesto calling for nationalizations of key sectors of the British
economy.  Now nationalization does not equal socialism.  Socialism includes
nationalizations but transcends and subsumes individual expropriations by
linking these and allocating resources amongst them such that a planned
goal can be achieved.  But socialism does and will begin with
nationalizations and with nationalizations of those industries most
obviously pertaining to the public's interest.  Hence mail, rail and energy
as health care is already nationalized under the NHS

Here.  Where is and who are there putting forward such demands, social or
electoral, along with a vision and plan to achieve them?  Where are and why
aren't we socialists demanding socialism?)
Labour party's plan to nationalise mail, rail and energy firms

Draft manifesto reveals vision of public ownership as part of Jeremy
Corbyn’s ‘transformational programme’

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Anushka Asthana <https://www.theguardian.com/profile/anushkaasthana>
and Heather
Stewart <https://www.theguardian.com/profile/heatherstewart>

Thursday 11 May 2017 02.14 EDT First published on Wednesday 10 May 2017
16.12 EDT

Jeremy Corbyn will lay out plans to take parts of Britain’s energy industry
back into public ownership alongside the railways and the Royal Mail
in a radical manifesto that promises an annual injection of £6bn for the
NHS and £1.6bn for social care.

A draft version of the document, drawn up by the leadership team and seen
by the Guardian, pledges the phased abolition of tuition fees
a dramatic boost in finance for childcare, a review of sweeping cuts to
universal credit and a promise to scrap the bedroom tax.
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to nationalise rail and mail, renew Trident and reject ‘no deal’ Brexit
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Party sources said Corbyn wants to promise a “transformational programme”
with a package covering the NHS <https://www.theguardian.com/society/nhs>,
education, housing and jobs as well as industrial intervention and sweeping
nationalisation. But critics said the policies represented a shift back to
the 1970s with the Conservatives describing it as a “total shambles” and a
plan to “unleash chaos on Britain”.

Corbyn’s leaked blueprint, which is likely to trigger a fierce debate of
Labour’s national executive committee and shadow cabinet at the so-called
clause V meeting at noon on Thursday, also includes:

   - Ordering councils to build 100,000 new council homes a year under a
   new Department for Housing.
   - An immediate “emergency price cap” on energy bills to ensure that the
   average duel fuel household energy bill remains below £1,000 a year.
   - Stopping planned increases to the pension age beyond 66.
   - “Fair rules and reasonable management” on immigration with 1,000 extra
   border guards, alongside a promise not to “fan the flames of fear” but to
   recognise the benefits that migrants bring.

On the question of foreign policy, an area on which Corbyn has campaigned
for decades, the draft document says it will be “guided by the values of
peace, universal rights and international law”. However, Labour
<https://www.theguardian.com/politics/labour>, which is facing Tory
pressure over the question of national security, does include a commitment
to spend 2% of GDP on defence.

The draft manifesto, which will only be finalised after it is agreed on
Thursday, also makes clear that the party supports the renewal of Trident,
despite Corbyn’s longstanding opposition to nuclear weapons.

An accompanying sentence to the policy – “any prime minister should be
extremely cautious about ordering the use of weapons of mass destruction
which would result in the indiscriminate killing of millions of innocent
civilians” – has been removed from more recent versions, the Guardian

After Corbyn generated controversy by saying he was “absolutely fine” with
a second referendum being held in Scotland, the document makes clear Labour
opposition to such a move. Instead, it says, the party will “campaign
tirelessly to ensure that a desire to remain a part of the UK is respected”.

A section on Brexit states that Labour accepts the terms of the referendum
result and will seek to unite the country around the deal. A trailed policy
to rip up the Conservative’s white paper on the issue and replace it with a
plan that emphasises the benefits of the single market and customs union is
included – along with a pledge to unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU
citizens and offer parliament a “meaningful vote” on the final agreement.

Other policies in a draft that could stir controversy include ruling out a
“no deal” scenario on Brexit, only sending the armed forces to combat if
“all other options have been exhausted” and a 20:1 pay ratio for companies
with public sector contracts.
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The manifesto claims that the policies will be fully costed as part of Labour’s
fiscal credibility rule
under which the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, has promised to maintain
an “iron discipline” in day-to-day spending. The money will be raised
through tax rises for those earning over £80,000 – although full details of
such a policy are not included – and a reversal of corporation and
inheritance tax cuts.

However, the party is prepared to borrow £250bn to fund capital spending
infrastructure and will promise to set up a national investment bank

The plans for the energy market do not represent wholesale nationalisation
but steps similar to those in Germany to break down the dominance of a
handful of companies.

The draft manifesto promises a temporary emergency price cap “while we
transition to a fairer system for bill payers”. It also promises to “take
energy back into public ownership to deliver renewable energy,
affordability for consumers, and democratic control”.

The changes would involve central government control of “the natural
monopolies of the transmission and distribution grids” as well as for the
policy functions of the regulator. And it would pave the way for at least
one publicly owned energy company in every region of the UK.

On plans for the railways, Corbyn
has previously argued that ongoing chaotic train delays are proof that “private
transport operators cannot be trusted with having passengers’ best
interests at heart

The draft policy also promises free wifi for rail passengers.

Corbyn’s drive towards the renationalisation of large sections of Britain’s
public services will be a defining feature of the election, reminding
voters of his leftwing roots campaigning against the sweeping
privatisations of the 1980s Tory party. Theresa May is likely to strongly
criticise the Labour leader’s radical pitch that some experts have warned could
cost tens of billions of pounds
but is herself offering to be more interventionist than former Conservative

A Conservative spokesman said: “The commitments in this dossier will rack
up tens of billions of extra borrowing for our families and will put Brexit
negotiations at risk. Jobs will be lost, families will be hit and our
economic security damaged for a generation if Jeremy Corbyn
<https://www.theguardian.com/politics/jeremy-corbyn> and the coalition of
chaos are ever let anywhere near the keys to Downing Street.”

However, some in the Labour party may feel the plans do not go far enough,
as they only promise a review of Conservative welfare cuts to universal
credit and legal aid. The decision to limit tax credit and universal credit
payments to the first two children in the family is also expected to be
placed under review, while the so-called “rape clause”
will be ended immediately.

Other policies range from creating a minister for England, lowering the
voting age to 16, extending abortion rights to northern Ireland, rolling
back on maternity discrimination and scrapping employment tribunal fees.
There is an offer to insulate the homes and upgrade the boilers for
disabled veterans.

A section on wildlife promises to keep the foxhunting ban, end the badger
cull and support a ban on wild animals in circuses. In order to protect
bees the party will promise to ban neonicotinoids
an insecticide that has led to a decline in population.
Labour's 'clause V' meeting: what is it and what will it decide?

The draft manifesto will be scrutinised by Labour’s national executive
committee and shadow cabinet from midday on Thursday at what is known as
the clause V meeting.

The session, which also involves the heads of the national policy forums,
will hammer down a final document that will be published next week.

There is likely to be an investigation into who may have leaked different
versions of draft documents to parts of the media on the eve of the
meeting. Strategists will be frustrated that their plans to announce
policies on a day-by-day basis between now and early next week, when the
official launch was due to take place, have been undermined. On Wednesday
he was joined by the shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, to announce
plans for a national education service.

By reversing repeated cuts to the corporation tax rate made by the Tories
since 2010, Labour believes it could fund a series of ambitious pledges,
including restoring maintenance grants for the poorest students,
guaranteeing that five, six and seven-year-olds will not be taught in
classes of more than 30, and restoring the educational maintenance
allowance, paid to 16 to 18-year-olds in full-time study.

The day became dominated by higher education after a video of McDonnell
showed him telling activists about the plan to scrap tuition fees.

However, Rayner said she had wanted it to be focused on further education
because that was so often neglected by politicians. “I’ve been deliberately
trying not to talk about higher education today,” she said. “I’ve talked
about my personal story [in further education] because many politicians
have talked about parity of esteem, but they’ve not touched FE. Because
they’ve not felt the transformative effect that FE has.

“When I was a mum at 16, I was made to feel that that’s it. There was
nothing left for me. I’d failed at secondary school and there was no option
for me to go back and to be good at anything. Whereas FE gave me the
opportunity to get a vocational qualification in care and get back into the

Labour’s election package will be built around Corbyn’s “10 pledges” from
last year’s annual conference. That focused on infrastructure to help
create “a million good quality jobs”, a promise to build half a million
council homes, getting rid of zero-hours contracts, ending privatisation in
the NHS and funding social care, the national education service, more focus
on climate change, renationalisation and a more progressive tax system.
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