Last week I ran a small online poll, asking people to nominate inspiring, transfiguring ideas. The two mentioned most often were land value taxation and a basic income. As it happens, both are championed by the Green party. On this and other measures, its policies are by a long way more progressive than Labour\’s.
Given that I have been arguing for both….indeed, you could get most of the ASI and a goodly chunk of UKIP to sign up to both…..that makes us all more progressive than Labour, doesn\’t it?
You might think this a strange place for a neoliberal capitalist pig dog like myself to end up but there is one thing you\’ve got to understand about \”the left\” in the UK. Its incredible, quite astonishing, conservatism.
Half of them are still pining for the revolution of the proletariat when most of the country is already bourgeois by any reasonable measure, the other half pines for union corporatism when, outside the public sector, we\’ve not really got any unions left. Respectively, they\’re looking back a century and a half and half a century.
British politics really doesn\’t make any sense at all until you understand that the Labour Party is almost certainly the most conservative institution in the country.
BTW: Milton Friedman supported LVT and actually worked on ways to bring about a cbi (his version was the negative income tax which morphed into tax credits. But the aim was indeed a cbi which was affordable) so that makes Friedman more progressive than the Labour Party too, doesn\’t it?