Interesting some of these ideas:
introduce a French and Swedish-style wealth tax.
Somebody needs to tell Will Straw that Sweden abolished theirs in 2007. And as to the French one:
\”Eric Pichet, author of a French tax guide, estimates the wealth tax earns the government about $2.6 billion a year but has cost the country more than $125 billion in capital flight since 1998.\”
And there should be a big focus on affordable early-years childcare. The biggest issue for most parents of under-fives is the quality of the people who are looking after their children when they\’re in work. In Finland, everybody has to have a master\’s degree to work in an early-years setting.
So, lessee, you\’re saying that there should be a massive rise in the qualifications necessary to care for babbies and that this will being down the cost of caring for babbies, yes?
And really, you\’re insisting that you need a masters degree to change nappies?
We need to push for the introduction of modern capital controls.
In a country which imports capital by the bucketload this is going to help how?
European-wide minimum wage and tax on bonuses and high pay.
Lovely, let\’s put absolutely everyone in Eastern and Southern Europe out of work then shall we?
To be fair, some of the ideas are not actually entirely barking.