progress is not the elimination of struggle, but rather a change in its terms’ - Aneurin Bevan

mutually-assured destruction?

No wonder that over half of voters think Cameron is a "slick salesman".


It's bad enough he's trying to win the backing of public sector workers at the same time as the party is promising huge spending cuts, which will obviously include sacking public sector workers.


However, his side-kick's talk of "worker co-ops" in the public sector is the most ridiculous bit of spin to come out of Tory HQ, a blatant attempt to cover for the party's love of privatisation and public service cuts.
The Co-operative Party, Labour's sister party, branded Mr Osborne "clueless".
General secretary Michael Stephenson said: "George Osborne's comments show the Tories are completely clueless on co-operatives.
"Mutuality is about giving communities a say in how services are run - not just public sector workers.
"The Tories don't understand co-operative values. Just as Cameron's Conservative Co-operative movement turned out to be neither a co-operative, nor a movement, George Osborne's plan for employee-run public services fails to balance the needs of consumers, the public, with the interests of the public-sector workers themselves."

Cabinet Office Minister Tessa Jowell said: "While we are seeking to learn lessons from mutual companies like the Co-operative and John Lewis - owned, respectively, by their customers and their staff, Tory local authorities - which Cameron offers as a model for how the Tories would govern - have decided that their model of public service delivery is the budget airline.

"Under the Tories the principle this appears to encapsulate is that ability to pay should determine the level and quality of the service."
 More to the point, why all the focus on the public sector?


The demutualised building societies failed as private banks during the financial crisis having racked up huge debts. The banking crisis was a huge market failure to match that of climate change.


To develop a sustainable economy that benefits ordinary people, we need co-ownership to expand in the private sector. The Tories aren't going to deliver this - they are the natural party of the super-rich who would lose out if there were greater democracy in the economy. That's why one of the few firm commitments from Cameron is a tax cut for the richest estates in the country.


Labour might not have a coherent programme for increasing co-ownership, but with firm roots in both the trade union and co-operative movement, it is more likely to be the vehicle for empowering working people than a Tory government!

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