way we measure economic ‘success’ today
shows the bankruptcy of business as usual.
‘Gross Domestic Product’ measures all the
economic activity in Britain – even the money
spent on picking up the pieces of our unfair
and unsustainable society.
GDP measures value added. We think that picking up the pieces adds value. Thus we include the vale we\’ve added by picking up the pieces in our measurement of the value we\’ve added.
It\’s not really all that controversial or difficult an idea, is it?
Our energy policy is not just the best for climate change –
it also produces the most jobs:
energy source jobs per year per terawatt hour
Gas and oil 250–265
Rampant stupidity. Jobs are a cost, not a benefit, of a plan.
Promote gender equality. The pay gap
per hour between men and women remains
as high as 38% for part-time workers
Complete bollocks. The gender pay gap for part time workers is actually a pay gap in favour of women. That is, average wages for women working part time are higher than average wages for men working part time (so say the statisticians).
To get this 38% pay gap you have to compare women working part time with men working full time. Which the statitistical authorioties have several times said is not the correct way to measure it: indeed, it\’s entirely misleading.
Support a National Minimum Wage that
is a living wage, at 60% of net national
average earnings (currently this would mean
a minimum wage of £8.10 per hour).
Helllooooooo mass unemployment! Minimum wages over the 45%-50% or so level of average wages do indeed have horrible effects on unemployment.
We favour a Robin Hood Tax – a tax on
financial transactions (see page 47) – but
because that would work best with wide
international agreement we do not rely
on it to fill the gap in the Government’s
finances, though we believe there is also
scope to act unilaterally by introducing a
tax on sterling foreign exchange transactions,
and that the UK should demonstrate global
Nope, it\’s illegal under EU Single Market rules. It\’s a tax on the free movement of capital and you\’re not allowed to have those.
Crack down on tax havens and other
methods of tax evasion and avoidance, raising
£10bn in 2010 rising to £13bn by 2013.
In particular press for a transparent international
accounting standard that requires
companies to report on a country-by-country
basis so that their profits can be located
Are you getting the same idea that I am about who has been writing this stuff for them?
I especially like the tax and economics bit of the Green’s manifesto
Can’t think who advised them on that!
Yes, it\’s Ritchie.