Mike

Sunday Sun - - News -

IT has be­come a com­mon lament of Labour’s crit­ics that, through its so­cial­ist poli­cies, it wants to take us back to the 1970s.

I mean, who’d want to go back to then, when the un­em­ploy­ment rate fell to 3.4% with­out work­ers hav­ing to have their rights shred­ded, peo­ple could af­ford to buy their own home and, sta­tis­ti­cally speak­ing, eco­nomic in­equal­ity was at its low­est ever? Weirdos

Much bet­ter now, what with aus­ter­ity, the gig econ­omy, home own­er­ship a pipe dream for many and eco­nomic in­equal­ity at a level that would have had Charles Dick­ens reach­ing for his quill.

The ’70s com­ment was there again af­ter the Labour party con­fer­ence when Shadow Chan­cel­lor John McDonnell out­lined plans to take back the Royal Mail, pub­lic util­i­ties and the rail­ways into state con­trol.

Be­fore you could say glam rock, im­ages of in­ter­minable strikes, power cuts and polyester suits were be­ing con­jured.

I’m not say­ing the ’70s were all good – yes, I can still re­mem­ber the win­ter of dis­con­tent – but it cer­tainly wasn’t as un­remit­tingly bad as the 2010s have been, with the pain show­ing no sign of end­ing for many.

An­other thing that ex­er­cised the right-wing press last week was McDonnell’s idea for em­ployee own­er­ship schemes in large com-

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