Today's printed media headlines were really very unhelpful. The Labour Party under former Chancellor of the Exchequer, now Prime Minister Gordon Brown has establised a minimum wage, increased it every year and done more than any other elected politician to put more money into the pockets of low paid working and retired people.
Labour Party people think that's a good reason to vote Labour on 1 May. I agree. In fact anyone not earning silly money has good reasons for voting Labour on 1 May, Well in the light of the headlines, even those earning silly money should be bounding to their local polling station to vote Labour. But they will not. Ungrateful lot. How could that be?
We live in uncertain times. The vast majority of people have no connection with a political party, except through the ballot box. This alone is not the stuff of a 21st century democracy. But the whole of the country could, if they wanted to send Labour a message on 1 May - whatever the misgivings that's the day to put them aside aka as recognising which side you bread is buttered and voting Labour. Then, hey presto, on 2 May the Labour Party is opening the door to the next round of policy-making under Partnership in Power But it won't be like that. It will the ballot that most will rely on to convey a message. It could be painful.
On tax, we in the Labour Party have got some very serious work to do to restore a sense of fairness to our policy. At what level of gross income should anyone pay tax? I'd open the bidding at the level of the living wage. And you?
Then we need to be work out how fair taxes can be achieved. I'd open the bidding for a higher rate of tax for those earning silly money and shut down the scope for avoidance. But what's silly money?