Yeah, I’ve been neglecting my blog for the last week or so. I’ve been a little pre-occupied at the moment and not really motivated to comment on any local politics. Besides that, I really haven’t seen anything in the media that really caught my interest. In the mean time I’ve been focusing my energies into building the Scottish Socialist Party in my local area and reading some interesting books, namely ‘Not Yet Uhuru‘, an autobiography of Oginga Odinga, and ‘Small Is Beautiful – Economics As If People Mattered‘ by E. F. Schumacher. Both make for an interesting read, and I’ll write a review of them after I finish them both.
This post is more one of an open letter, or open questions, to the PLP, about some issues that I and quite a few others expected them to work on since coming to power over a decade ago. All of these issues were mooted at one time or another by the Party but since than have been quietly dropped since, almost as if they were taking instructions from the Chamber of Commerce. I want to stress that I do think the PLP has done some progressive policies since coming to power, but I doubt I am alone in thinking those that have been done were too little too late. I for one am left wondering where the Party currently stands on the following:
The 35 hour week.
Minimum wage (and a living one at that).
Facilitating workers co-operatives as opposed to businesses.
Reforming the various legislations pertaining to labour rights (beyond the Employment Act 2000), with a particular focus on regulations relating to pickets, and reducing the period required for strike notice down from 21 days. The proposed Trade Union Freedom Bill in the UK could be looked at as a possible model for reviewing our own legislation.
Rebuilding the Parish Councils as empowered, elected and accountable forms of local government.
Some form of Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment system, of which the Workplace Equity Bill was at least a rough draft in the right direction.
Election campaign funding regulation (so that elections are won on policy and not by the amount of monies the respective parties can raise for propaganda activities).
Reform of the Senate into an elected body, and replacing our Westminster system with something more akin to the Holyrood system.