Outlook for a better country

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Re the letter from Councillor Nick Allen, headed Corbyn Doncaster visit (The Star, August 13).

Coun Nick Allen is entitled to express his view that Jeremy Corbyn’s views just do not reflect contemporary political realities, also that he has a distinguished track record of committing himself to some truly ghastly ideas and concepts.

Having been interested in politics during the 1945 General Election and a regular reader of The Star during numerous succeeding General Elections I have recollections of similar critical views being expressed by interested parties.

I have retained my copy of Labour’s 1945 General Election Manifesto entitled Let Us Face The Future and I am of the opinion this country would be a better place if the politicians of this country, particularly of the Labour Party, had stuck to the outlook and policies it advocated.

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party Leadership Manifesto entitled Standing To Deliver, outlines his programme for democratic, social and political progress as may be seen from the following extract.

A new kind of politics: a fairer, kinder Britain based on innovation, decent jobs and decent public services.

Growth not austerity: with a national investment bank to help create tomorrow’s jobs and reduce the deficit fairly. Fair taxes for all – let the broadest shoulders bear the biggest burden to balance the books.

A lower welfare bill through investment and growth not squeezing the least well-off and cuts to child tax credits.

Action on climate change: for the long-term interest of the planet rather than the short-term interests of corporate profits.

Public ownership of railways and in the energy sector. Privatisation has put profits before people.

Decent homes for all in public and private sectors by 2025 through a big housebuilding programme and controlling rents.

No more illegal wars, a foreign policy that prioritises justice and assistance. Replacing Trident not with a new generation of nuclear weapons but jobs that retain the communities’ skills.

Fully-funded NHS, integrated with social care, with an end to privatisation in health.

Protection at work: no zero hours contracts, strong collective bargaining to stamp out workplace injustice.

Equality for all: a society that accepts no barriers to everyone’s talents and contribution. An end to scape goating of migrants.

A life-long national education service for decent skills and opportunities throughout our lives: universal child care, abolishing student fees and restoring grants, and funding adult skills training throughout our lives.

William Ronksley

Pond Road, Stannington, Sheffield, S6