Just prior to Labour Party conference in Liverpool (and the announcement of the leadership election result), I put out a paper on how the centre-left could regenerate itself once the Corbyn project has played itself out. I decided to revisit it now – this article forms the basis of a brief summary. If you want all the details, you can find them here:
The basic ideas I put forward are these:
- That the centre-left must once again become champions of large infrastructure projects as it is the only plausible route to ending large scale austerity in Britain.
- It must argue for an English parliament as a way of rebalancing the current devolution settlement, devolving power to a more local level in an even handed manner, and reconnecting with the English working class.
- It must make clear that while it wishes to raise taxes on the very rich, it seeks to keep taxes for middle earners where they are, or if possible lower them for this group of people.