They ask some writers for what they’d really like to see political parties promising:
Think of the weightless laziness that envelops you when you realise it’s a bank holiday and you have nowhere you especially need to be. Now imagine that feeling of bliss repeated every working week. It could be reality if we all worked no more than 30 hours a week. And crucially that we did so without a detrimental impact on pay.
So, just to illustrate, let’s assume that we all work 40 hours a week now. We move to 30. OK.
Labour input drops by 25%. Great. But how do we all gain the same real incomes? Output has just dropped by 25% hasn’t it?
OK, marginal productivity declines as the work week lengthens, we know that. So, output only falls by 10%, or 15%. We are all, in aggregate, 10 to 15% poorer. How can we all be having the same incomes then?
George Monbiot asks for more cycling lanes which is at least achievable.