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An Open Letter to Jeremy Corbyn: Labour needs to act fast

Labour should pursue two major complementary policy goals. The first: to end austerity, and implement a Green New Deal across Britain. The second major policy goal: to reset the framework and relations with our European partners, and to gain policy space and Treaty reforms which benefit British citizens as well as all Europeans. An open […]

After an exhausting and successful national campaign, it is hard for campaign strategists to think of next steps. But we are at a critical historical juncture, and a range of opportunities present themselves. Choosing the right political and economic strategy now is vital.

Here’s a proposal.

Labour should pursue two major complementary policy goals. The first: to end austerity, and implement a Green New Deal across Britain.

The second major policy goal: to reset the framework and relations with our European partners; and to gain policy space and Treaty reforms which benefit British citizens as well as all Europeans.

To achieve the first goal, the task is to assemble a progressive alliance of British MPs, including the Greens, the SNP,  the Lib Dems – and even some Conservatives –  to back an end-to-austerity alliance. There should be a singular goal: to demand that government – and the Treasury in particular – end austerity immediately, and begin to invest in the creation of skilled, well-paid employment in areas of the economy vital to both economic, but also energy security. The latter goal – of greater energy security – is particularly important at a time when nearly a third of the UK’s liquefied gas imports are from a Gulf state, currently at the centre of a potentially ugly middle eastern conflict – Qatar.

In other words, Labour should call for a Green New Deal.

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