Ted Yarbrough is studying law, and blogs as Texan Tory. He has written a thesis on Thatcherism’s effect on British culture.
The manifestos are out. The polls still show a dead heat. The Conservatives have set out a vision for a stronger United Kingdom that rewards work. Labour has set in stone their most left-wing agenda since Neil Kinnock, or even possibly Michael Foot.
Labour claims this agenda is “One-Nation” based – similar to the policies of the “wet” Tories of the post-war, pre-Thatcher era.
That description is wrong. Labour’s agenda is not for a united nation but for a weak one. Labour stands for a weak British economy, weak foreign affairs policy and a weak nation constitutionally.
Weak Economy Labour
Like Clockwork, every time Labour are in government they leave office with a worse economy. Under Ed Miliband’s proposals, economic outcomes would be more calamitous still.
Ed Miliband advocates policies that are far to the left of Blair and Brown’s New Labour. As a recap of Ed’s economically illiterate policies, he wants to (among other faux paus):
- Raise Corporation Tax
- Freeze energy prices, despite their recent fall
- Raise the top rate of income tax, despite the rich actually paying more
- Scrap Non-Dom status (except for David Axelrod)
- Keep the 40p rate at its present level and
- Seize private property.
Miliband further believes in taxing people’s homes over £2 million, and does not believe property association tenants should have the right to buy their homes (that privilege belongs only to the likes of Emily Thornberry).
Labour does not think the oppressive inheritance tax burden should be lightened, and they want to do away with marriage allowance as well.
Businesses are accused by Labour of being “predatory”, and “the rich” are often used as the party’s punching bag. For the Labour party, being monetarily successful is the equivalent of being evil, so it is no wonder business leaders whom are normally cautious stand united against the Labour party.
Labour’s policies will discourage investment in the UK. Labour wants to raise taxes on high, middle and low income earners. They want to tax big business and small businesses alike. They want to tax your property and tell you what you can or cannot do with your property.
While the Conservatives champion work, the main beneficiaries from a high tax Labour government are the idle, government-dependent and Britain’s debtors, as a Labour government would not be projected to eliminate the deficit in the next parliament.
A nation where work is rewarded with tax equals a weak nation. Labour’s plans means businesses and individuals are left with less money to hire and give raises to employees. Their plans leave less money available to invest in the British economy than what they started with.
Labour’s plans mean home ownership should not be a goal; and if you do have a home, its purpose is to generate tax revenue to fund the government’s social schemes.
Where Conservatives believe that money belongs to the citizen, Labour believes the people get money for the state to decide what to do with it. If the people and businesses are working for the government, and not for their own hopes and dreams the economy, and the whole nation weaken as a consequence.
There are countless examples that show this socialist phenomena around the globe, from the former USSR to Venezuela and France today. People will not come to invest in Britain if the taxes are too high. People will invest less domestically if their money is redistributed on crack-pot government schemes. Labour equals a weak economy.
Weak in Europe Labour
For proof that Miliband-led Labour does not believe in a strong global Britain, look no further than their absurd attitude on Europe.
Labour, unlike the Conservatives, do not believe in re-negotiating Britain’s relationship with Europe. They do not see how it is worth Great Britain’s effort to try to get the EU to make even the most minor changes to its free movement of people laws.
They apparently don’t believe in re-negotiating Britain’s ability to enter into trade deals for itself, and would rather Great Britain have its trading deals made for it by bureaucrats representing the slowest growing economy on earth. (Even though Britain now exports more to the rest of the world than it does Europe).
Labour does not think Britain is great, but rather believes a nation that, despite being the world’s fifth largest economy and fifth biggest military spender, needs to be made to behave by the EU.
Labour dismisses a British Bill of Rights in favor of European “Human Rights” law. Labour signed away much British sovereignty during the Lisbon treaty, and there is nothing to indicate they would not sign away more, such as their not ruling out a European military.
Labour believes in a nation that cannot decide its own border policy, cannot make its own trade deals, and cannot even decide whether it wants to be part of the EU. Clement Atlee must be rolling in his grave.
Weak Britain Labour
Ed Miliband and Labour believe in a weak nation at home as well. First off, Ed Miliband is so desperate for power he has not ruled out a deal with people who openly advocate breaking up the United Kingdom. He could possibly lead a government that is propped up by the likes of SNP, Plaid Crymu or even Sinn Fein!
Labour seems to believe that the priorities of weakening the economy are more important than the survival of the United Kingdom. It should be unthinkable for a leader of any nation to be dependent upon those who want to destroy it for power.
Earlier in the campaign, many people were outraged by the way that Michael Fallon suggested that Labour would even be willing to sacrifice the nation’s nuclear deterrent for power. While I probably would not have used Mr. Fallon’s words to describe Ed Miliband’s dodgy leadership campaign, the facts are that a recent poll of Labour candidates shows that 75 per cnet of Labour candidates oppose the renewal of the nuclear deterrent.
In 2010, Chuka Umunna said that Trident would be first to go in Labour spending cuts. Furthermore, why would anybody be surprised or shocked that a left-wing party like Labour, who unlike the Conservatives has not committed to keeping the army at present levels, would be willing to scrap the nuclear deterrent in return for full implementation of a leftist parliamentary agenda?
Lastly, Labour believes in a weak England. Labour, unlike the Tories, do not believe English people can make laws that solely affect England. Of the four constitutional reforms for English votes for English Laws proposed, Labour did not support one.
Uglier elements of the Labour party even view English patriotism as bad, as Boris Johnson pointed out: Emily Thornberry mocked the house of man in Rochester who had an English flags and drove a white van. Further, a Welsh Labour party candidate wrote against Welsh support of England’s football team.
A party that does not trust the English to make their own laws and often mock them does not believe in a strong England.