Finland's major basic-income trial was controversial, but one journalist who took part in it describes it as a liberating experience.
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The NYC mayoral candidate talked with entrepreneur and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer, one of the early leading voices in the Fight for $15.
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Legalisation of cannabis and referendums on ditching the Queen and scrapping the pound are among the manifesto plans of the newly formed Northern Independence Party that is fighting the Hartlepool by-election.The draft programme of the NIP, which is a “democratic socialist” party that wants to repeat the SNP’s success in replacing Labour, calls for the public to be given a say over the currency and the monarchy alongside a raft of proposals to create a country of “Northumbria”.The new state – which would include the north-west, north-east, Yorkshire and Humber, and Cheshire – would accept Brexit for now.But the draft manifesto adds: “If however the people of a free North want to rejoin the EU at some point in the distant future, then that is a decision for the people.”The NIP hopes to capitalise on discontent with Keir Starmer’s leadership by backing Thelma Walker, a former Labour MP and strong Jeremy Corbyn supporter, as a candidate in the Hartlepool by-election on May 6.A draft “mini manifesto” for the local elections, which has been sent to members of the party for consultation but is not yet public, has been passed to HuffPost UK. A final version is expected to be ratified next week.The mini-manifesto includes a wide range of policies including giving NHS nurses a 15% pay rise and all council workers a “real living wage” of £9.50 an hour.Among the eclectic proposals are “an increase in the penalties for sheep worrying” to protect farmers, a lowering of the state pension age and council-run e-bike rental schemes.Referendums of “the people of the free North” would be central to the new state, with the removal of the Queen as head of state and the creation of a new currency among the options.“Many people in the North love the royal family, and it is not for us as a party to decide this,” the manifesto states.“If enough people in a free North want to keep the Queen as head of state, as she is in many commonwealth countries, then she will be asked to be. If the majority of people want to be a republic, then we will be.”It takes a similar view on whether to keep sterling. “We don’t know what the relationship between the pound, the euro, and other currencies will look like when we gain independence.“There are important factors to consider on all sides – while introducing a new currency has costs, and would be disruptive, it could also make it easier to invest in rebuilding our hollowed-out industries, and make our exports more competitive on international markets.”On drugs, the NIP states: “We believe that cannabis should be legalised, as it has across much of the US and Canada, and will favour harm reduction approaches to other illegal drugs.”The manifesto also calls for privatised energy and water companies to be brought under public control locally, for more pilots of a universal basic income system and for stronger trans rights, including the legalisation to protect trans teenagers’ access to puberty blockers.It proposes public libraries should be brought back under council or community ownership, and vows to “support local independent newspapers and journalism by writing for them, taking out adverts, and providing grants to new organisations”.The NIP recognises that while independence is its ultimate goal, its candidates will in the short term have to “fight the system from within” by backing policies at council and Westminster level that would shift the UK in a more socialist direction.Since its launch last year, the party has tried to use humour in its online media presence to boost its profile, recently defending the use of a whippet on its logo as a satire on perceptions of the north.The NIP’s membership has soared since Walker was announced as its candidate for Hartlepool earlier this week, going up from 300 to 1300.NIP co-funder Philip Proudfoot told HuffPost UK: ”A new state, in order to have buy-in and legitimacy would require lots of referendums, that direct democracy element is foundational to the project.“If it comes to questions like ‘do you keep the monarchy?’, there’s an ongoing debate within an NIP whether we just put it in as a policy, and then if people vote for us that’s what they’re getting – or whether or not it would be a referendum to be decided.”Proudfoot said that the party was made up of “ordinary people” ranging from farmers – who want tougher penalties to protect their sheep –  to mental health nurses, from teachers to the unemployed worried about Universal Credit.Members are being asked for feedback on the draft manifesto ahead of a special meeting expected next week. “We’re trying to be hyper, hyper democratic,” Proudfoot said.Referring to the cannabis policy, he added: “Our main target is of course, young, socially liberal, left-wing people living in our towns and cities in the north. What do they want? Legalisation of cannabis. It’s pretty standard now across the world, isn’t it?“The people of Hartlepool do deserve to have a left-wing candidate. In terms of what will be our national policies, it’s kind of inspired by 2017 Labour, because that’s when the Labour party increased its vote share in the north.”Here is a copy of the draft mini-manifesto – known as a “minifesto” – in full: 2021 NIP Mini Manifesto V_1 by Paul Waugh on ScribdRelated...Will The Hartlepool By-Election Bring Johnson’s Vaccine Bounce Down To Earth?EU Vaccine War Could ‘Play Into Tory Hands’ In May ElectionsKeir Starmer Heading For 'Dustbin Of History', Says Len McCluskey
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Parents can receive up to $300 per child each month from July to December, no strings attached. It's a guaranteed income for families.
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The idea of a universal minimum/basic income (UBI) isn’t new or nearly as radical as those both in favor and opposed to it would have you believe. Dozens of cities across the globe are either currently running or have run UBI test programs. And the results are usually positive. Simply put: the outcomes for people who receive a UBI are typically demonstrably better than people in similar financial and economic situations who don’t. But a significant number of people ranging from laypersons to economics experts believe that paying people for what they consider “not working” is a bad idea. The… This story continues at The Next Web
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The group that didn't receive the stipends saw unemployment rise from 14% in February 2019 to 15% in February 2020.
Started in 2018, the New Leaf project gave select homeless people in Canada $7,500 no strings attached. Leaders everywhere can learn from the results.
More jurisdictions across the world are experimenting with the idea of a universal basic income, a guaranteed income in the form of cash payments.
Two in three Britons think that more government cash should be spent on helping men to take an equal share of childcare and care for elderly parents, a new poll has found.The figure rises to 76% in former “Red Wall” parliamentary seats that switched from Labour to the Tories at the last election, according to the survey by pollsters Survation.Both findings are contained in a new report by the Commission on a Gender-Equal Economy, which calls for sweeping changes to UK policy on welfare, tax and social policy, including a proposal to put paternity leave on the same legal footing as maternity leave.The study, “Creating a Caring Economy: A Call to Action”, recommends universal free childcare, a universal basic income for all pensioners, independent taxation of income for partners and a corporation tax of 24% to help fund the changes.In the UK paternity leave lasts for just two weeks, while maternity leave lasts up to a year. Although shared parental leave was introduced by the Tory-Lib Dem coalition, its pay rates are so low that just 2% of eligible couples used it last year.The policy allows couples to share up to 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of statutory shared parental pay between them, but at a maximum rate of £151.20 per week that many find impossible to live on.In its report, the Commission - set up by the Womens’ Budget Group in early 2019 - calls for “equal legal entitlements to paid caring leave for all employees and self-employed people”.Just 208,000 fathers claimed paternity pay last year, compared to 649,000 women who received maternity pay.Some companies such as insurance giant Zurich UK have been leading the way, offering 16 weeks full pay to both mothers and fathers, but campaigners say government needs to step in to equalise rights.Zurich revealed on Tuesday that almost three-quarters (70%) of its employees who have become new fathers take advantage of its new paternity benefit, with most taking at least three months of leave.The Survation poll found that nearly four in five of all respondents (79%) and three in four men (75%) agree that women and men should share care tasks for children or older and disabled relatives equally.A total of 61% of Conservative voters believe that men should be “encouraged and financially supported by the government” to do more care, with 72% for all men aged 18-34 agreeing.Mary-Ann Stephenson, director of the group, said that there were serious legal barriers on leave policy, as women were granted 12 months’ leave and men just two weeks paternity pay.Stephenson added that the 43% gender earnings gap meant it made economic sense for many women to take time off work rather than a male partner.“Then there are cultural barriers. There is an expectation among employers that women will take leave and that men won’t. In male dominated sectors that can mean that there is no culture of men taking leave and managers may be very unsympathetic,” she said.Marion Sharples, project manager of the Commission, and author of the report, said: “This report has launched as we are entering a second wave of coronavirus. For far too long the government has been tinkering with policies and expecting these tweaks to deliver wholly different outcomes.“What the polling and the Commission’s report show us is that in order to have an economy that works for everyone we need a bold vision of an economy that includes everyone.Both women and men want to change this and they are willing to pay for it through higher tax“Care is central to this vision. We will all require care at some point in our lives. At the moment care work isn’t shared fairly, with women doing the majority of care, both paid and unpaid. This means women have less time for paid work and other activities, so they earn less, own less and are more likely to be living in poverty.”Some 75% of respondents say they would pay more tax to support investment in free social care for all adults over the age of 65 and disabled people. A similar percentage (74%) would be willing to pay more tax to support a pay rise for all key workers.Caroline Nokes, Tory chair of the women and equalities select committee, urged ministers to consider the “bold and ambitious” proposals. “The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the inequalities in our society, especially gender inequality. It is now impossible to ignore,” she said.“Long term failure to adequately gender-check government policies has led to women faring worse than men in multiple ways – taking on the burden of care, being over represented in low paid and insecure jobs, and hit hard by decisions around sector shutdowns and re-opening.”Related... Opinion: Back-To School Hasn't Solved The Giant Women-Shaped Hole In Our Childcare System Is It Safe For Grandparents To Look After Their Grandkids Right Now? Grandparents Will Be Allowed To Look After Children In Local Lockdown Areas, Matt Hancock Says
The Saint Paul city council voted on Wednesday to approve funding for a basic-income trial. The money will start being distributed this fall.
Nicola Sturgeon has announced a draft bill will be drawn up setting out the timing, terms and question for a new Scottish independence referendum.The first minister said that Brexit strengthened the case for Scotland to become an independent country.Unveiling the Programme for government, Sturgeon said that a similar announcement in an independent Scotland would outline plans for an extension to the furlough scheme, more money in borrowing, a more progressive immigration system and a universal basic income.She told MSPs that a new draft Bill will be drawn up setting out the timing and terms for a new independence referendum, as well as the question to be asked to voters if it is given the green light by Westminster.The first minister added: “Then, at next year’s election, we will make the case for Scotland to become an independent country and seek a clear endorsement of Scotland’s right to choose our own future.”Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross tweeted: “The first minister just doesn’t get it. We need to take Scotland forward and recover from this crisis together, not go back to the divisions of the past.”Earlier this month a poll suggested support for Scottish independence has reached a record high of 55%.The research by Panelbase found the results of the 2014 independence referendum – when 55% of Scots voted to stay in the United Kingdom – were reversed.Pro-independence organisation Business for Scotland commissioned the poll, with chief executive Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp hailing the results as a “huge landmark” showing the “writing is very definitely on the wall for the union”.Panelbase questioned a total of 1,011 people across Scotland between August 12 and 18 for the research.Overall, 51% of those questioned said they support independence, 42% said they would vote to stay in the UK and 7% of voters were undecided.When undecided voters were excluded, 55% favoured Scotland leaving the UK, with 45% preferring to stay in the union.Related... PM's 'Huge Numbers Back In The Office' Claim Lacks Any Evidence
Andrew Yang will not be speaking at the Democratic National Convention.  Yang and his supporters were disappointed by the news.  The entrepreneur and former Democratic presidential candidate gained support for his progressive policies, including universal basic income, or UBI, a government guarantee that each citizen receives a minimum amount of money. Spain is moving to establish a permanent basic income for low-income citizens in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.  The ideas behind UBI are centuries old, but have been gaining traction in recent years thanks to Yang, who made them a major part of his campaign. Billionaire Elon Musk has also been an outspoken advocate for it.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Andrew Yang will not be speaking at the Democratic National Convention.  The entrepreneur and former Democratic presidential candidate was not included on a list of speakers for the upcoming convention, but he will be part of a video package of former 2020 presidential candidates, Yang told the Washington Post. "I've got to be honest I kind of expected to speak," Yang tweeted Tuesday.  Yang has garnered significant support over the past year for his progressive policies, including the long-simmering, but newly urgent, policy proposal of universal basic income (UBI), or the idea that every citizen deserves a minimum amount of income. The policy has gained popularity in the US and abroad. Yang's plan was to implement what he called the Freedom Dividend, which consisted of guaranteed payments of $1,000 per month, or $12,000 per year, to all US citizens over the age of 18.  Elon Musk shared his support for Yang and UBI. In a series of brief tweets, Musk said that he supported Yang, who previously founded Venture for America, and that UBI is "obviously needed." Members of congress may also be getting more serious about the need for UBI. In April, House Democrats introduced the The Emergency Money for the People Act, which would give $2,000 a month to Americans over the age of 16 who make less than $130,000 a year. The payments, which are an interim UBI of sorts, would continue for at least six months and would last until unemployment falls to pre-coronavirus levels, Business Insider reported.   The proposal followed the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, which guarantees a one-time cash payment of up to $1,200 to Americans who qualify based on earnings or Social Security status. The lawmakers behind the new Emergency Money for the People Act say a one-time payment of $1,200 is not enough. The idea of an emergency, or interim, UBI was first announced by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in March, one day after Sen. Mitt Romney publicly called for the government to give US adults each $1,000 during this financially trying time.  In Spain, Nadia Calviño, the country's minister for economic affairs, told the Spanish broadcaster La Sexta that the government is planning to introduce cash handouts to low-income Spaniards as a way to help people financially recover. She added that the government hoped it would become "a permanent instrument," Business Insider reported.  UBI is gaining newfound interest, but the policy idea itself stretches back to the 16th century, when Spanish-born humanist Juan Luis Vives praised a system of unconditional welfare. "Even those who have dissipated their fortunes in dissolute living — through gaming, harlots, excessive luxury, gluttony and gambling — should be given food, for no one should die of hunger," Vives wrote in 1526. Over the next few centuries, political scientists and sociologists honed the idea of a minimum income even further. In 1797, the American revolutionary Thomas Paine advocated for a "national fund" in the pamphlet "Agrarian Justice,"  for which every American would be awarded fifteen pounds sterling when they turned 21, with another ten pounds per year after age 50.  Even Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. declared his support for basic income at a Stanford lecture in 1967. "It seems to me the Civil Rights Movement must now begin to organize for the guaranteed annual income and mobilize forces," King said, "so we can bring to the attention of our nation this need ... which I believe will go a long, long way toward dealing with the Negroes' economic problem and the economic problem many other poor people confront in our nation." In his final book, "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?" King observed that "no matter how dynamically the economy develops and expands it does not eliminate all poverty." Hence the need for the nation to create full employment — or create incomes.  The decade between 1969 and 1979 marked a crucial turning point in the basic income movement for two reasons. The first was President Richard Nixon's 1969 proposal of the "Family Assistance Plan." The legislation promised to give an additional $10,400 (in 2016 dollars) each year to families who had kids, depending on income. While the FAP easily made it through the House of Representatives, it ultimately died in the Senate. The second was the "Mincome Program" that took place in Manitoba, Canada. Between 1974 and 1979, residents in the city of Winnipeg and smaller nearby town of Dauphin received additional monthly income, again based on their income levels. It wasn't until University of Manitoba economist Evelyn Forget discovered the Mincome files 20 years later that anyone realized what a success the program had been. Forget's research showed hospitalization rates fell by 8.5%, high school completion rates went up, and new mothers could afford to work less. And in general, few people stopped working — one of the key fears that's often cited about basic income. By nearly all measures, the conclusion was clear: Basic income held serious potential as a way to lift people out of poverty. Forget's research was critical because it helped revive the basic income movement after two decades of dormancy. Advocates had been praising the concept all the while, but only within the last decade have mainstream economists considered putting it back into action. Some of the biggest names in business, particularly the tech world, have endorsed UBI, including Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and Richard Branson. In over a dozen countries and many more cities around the world, academics and policymakers have launched basic income experiments of their own — some completed, some ongoing. Many of the projects have already replicated the effects Forget found in the late 1970s. Much of the contemporary research on UBI and related programs has been carried out in the developing world; the World Bank largely found that the global poor spend the money on household goods, health care, and that various costs that come with schooling.  As has been observed elsewhere, the biggest issue with basic income is that it still needs more large-scale, years-long empirical study in developed countries to figure out where or not it "works." Given that UBI remains something of a political Rorschach test — the term "government handout" remains a lightning rod in 2020 — it needs more to be more tested than debated. (Though the financial havoc the novel coronavirus is causing Americans may change that). As UBI becomes more mainstream, it stands a stronger chance of being better researched — and ending up as viable policy. Chris Weller contributed to an earlier version of this post. SEE ALSO: The World Economic Forum and the World Health Organization are launching an emergency coronavirus task force of 200 business leaders — including execs from Alphabet and KPMG Join the conversation about this story »
Coronavirus has changed everything. Make sense of it all with the Waugh Zone, our evening politics briefing. Sign up now.Singing socialist anthem The Red Flag, Jeremy Corbyn celebrated becoming Labour leader in 2015 at the pub, mobbed, as ever, by a posse of faithful fans. When the big moment came for Keir Starmer - who has marked 100 days at the helm of HM Opposition - the occasion was markedly more sober. The former director of public prosecutions filmed his victory speech practically alone, as the coronavirus pandemic tightened its grip on the UK. And with Labour facing allegations of institutional anti-Semitism, cash woes and the humiliation of its worst defeat since 1935, he was arguably taking the toughest job in British politics. While many predicted Labour’s surge to the far left would end in electoral disaster, few doubted the direction Corbyn would take. The same cannot be said of the former shadow Brexit secretary. “He’s an enigma,” said one Labour MP. “Nobody is quite sure where he stands.” He has yet to unequivocally commit to policies, but early signs suggest he is plotting a route back to the centre. Be it stepping away from a hard 2030 net zero carbon target, refusing to call for an extension to the Brexit transition period or toughening the party’s stance on China, the signals are that Starmer will opt for the middle ground. “Right now, it’s about three things: ‘competence, competence, competence’,” said one insider. They added: “Keir will actually read the brief and think about what we are doing and, almost to a fault, he doesn’t wing it.”Labour is inviting the public to contrast “forensic” Starmer with “bumbling” Boris Johnson - and there is evidence that strategy is working.  Starmer is beating Johnson in most polls for ‘best PM’ and has the best ratings of any opposition leader since Tony Blair in 1994.But given the only way was up for Labour are things really getting better? Or is it a blip?“There are good signs. It was like ‘amateur hour’ under Corbyn where you basically had activists running the show,” said one left-winger. “Now, it is so slick and so fast. “Keir mentions an issue to Boris at PMQs and the leader’s office has a letter ready and typed up to go to Number 10 straightaway.” Rosie Duffield, Labour MP for Canterbury, said: “Keir is letting Boris make a fool of himself and the PM does not need any help with that.” She said Starmer is “steering a steady ship” and, unlike Corbyn, is not viewed as “down on Britain”, instead talking up businesses and backing the armed forces.  Tomorrow’s Telegraph front page: “Starmer: 'We owe it to VE Day generation to protect them from virus in care homes' ”#TomorrowsPapersTodaypic.twitter.com/AlE9EYL2B9— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) May 7, 2020Starmer’s biggest achievement as a political leader so far may be to have survived his first 100 days unscathed by the press. In fact, he secured what many of his predecessors could only dream of: positive front page coverage by the Daily Telegraph on VE Day.“It may not have been electorally useful, because so few people who read the Telegraph would vote Labour - but it was signalling,” said one source, adding that it countered the “Tory tanks on Labour’s lawn in red wall seats”.  That he has not yet been “put in a box” is success to some.  “The press did a number on Ed Miliband, and he never really recovered,” said one insider. It may be a long wait before Starmer nails his colours to the mast, however, with sources saying most policies may not be decided until 2024 to avoid them being “out of date” at the next election. “It is a four-year marathon, not a short sprint,” one said. “The main thing is to build up a sense of trust and to advertise ourselves as a competent, principled and decent team of people that can form an alternative government.” Those close to Starmer describe his politics as “close to Gordon Brown” and his shadow cabinet as “mainstream”, aiming to build a case for Scandinavian-style social democracy.One source drew a different comparison, saying Starmer has the same appeal as John Smith, like “a Scottish bank manager you could trust with your mortgage”.   He added: “He is a lawyer and we don’t get rhetorical fireworks - but you feel you can trust him.” Some moderates criticise the “slightly odd appointment” of Ed Miliband as shadow business secretary, saying a former leader at the top table could be distracting.“It’s not the role I would have given him,” said one key activist. “I would have given him something that plays to his strengths.”  Labour MP Wes Streeting, meanwhile, believes the move demonstrated Starmer’s “confidence”, and underlined Miliband has grown in popularity since losing in 2015.  Another MP added: “They’re friends. Ed was leader when Keir first became an MP. He encouraged him to stand.” Other divisions suggest policy wars may be coming down the track. Anneliese Dodds, Starmer’s choice for shadow chancellor, who previously worked for John McDonnell, last week backed a wealth tax, only for Labour to later ask Rishi Sunak to impose no tax rises at all in his mini-budget.The focus will be “jobs jobs jobs, better jobs, more secure jobs, more meaningful jobs, better paid jobs” in the months ahead, but Starmer is unlikely to back a universal basic income (UBI) – something which will be seen as another blow for the Left. A shadow minister told HuffPost UK: “I don’t think he will move towards UBI because in his heart of hearts he knows that it doesn’t work. It takes away the incentive to work.” It also means a softer message on the 2030 climate change target, said one key player: “We can’t push to destroy jobs.” Critics say Labour is failing to get the all-important “cut-through” on key issues, with headlines dominated by Sunak and Johnson during the Covid-19 crisis.Starmer allies insist the leader is content to fly beneath the radar for now. “It will be a slow build up of the case, brick by brick by brick,” said a shadow minister. Where Corbyn may have demanded an inquiry, for example, Starmer will offer gentler criticism. And after years of political turmoil, referendums and division, the party’s hope is that the public will find that reassuring. “Keir will show he cares about keeping the country safe and ensuring people have stability in their lives, jobs and futures,” said one former adviser. “It will be a ‘things will be alright’ and ‘you and your kids will be alright’ message. “That means steady as she goes, no fireworks, no bulldozers going through fake walls, give people a break from the endless drama - make politics boring again.” As Labour needs to outdo its 1997 landslide to win power, ‘Brand Starmer’ is not likely to be enough Warrington North MP Charlotte Nichols, who describes herself as on the party’s Left, said: “In the Corbyn years, a lot of people felt posting things on Twitter would win people over. Keir is getting out of the echo chamber and that is really important.  “He has avoided some of the traps set for Labour, particularly around extending the transition period.” Though he “keeps his cards very close to his chest”, she says: “A lot of people project on to him something that they wanted to see reflected back and there is a lot of expectation on him now from all different parts of the party.” Starmer has landed blows at PMQs she said, before adding: “It feels like a courtroom but when we have full PMQs, without social distancing, it is more like theatre and there is going to have to be a change in tone. Keir is going to have to adapt his style.” Another insider complained: “Our hope is that he will grow into the role. If you want to be PM, show me then. I would give him a B-minus so far.” Not everyone is feeling so lukewarm about the new leader, however. “Businesses are absolutely relieved,” one advisor said. “There is a lot of people in the business community who are deeply frustrated at the current  government. It strikes me that we will have a lot more support from businesses than we had in previous elections.” The biggest signpost of a change in direction from Starmer came when Rebecca Long-Bailey, his former rival for the leadership, was sacked as shadow education secretary over the sharing of an article that contained an anti-Semitic trope. Depending on who you ask, Long-Bailey was either forced out or refused to apologise and left Starmer with no choice. “She was the only Left-wing member of the shadow cabinet,” said Matt Zarb-Cousin, a former advisor to Corbyn who also worked for Long-Bailey. “I think a lot of people were happy to get on board when we had a seat at the table. “A lot of people think that the general direction of travel will just accelerate now. “I think they just want the Left to get demoralised and leave. Local government is where the Left will deploy most of its energy over the next few years.” Another former advisor says the decision was win-win for Starmer. “If she refused to apologise, I think he showed a level of decisiveness that people weren’t expecting and an understanding of the threat that anti-Semitism poses to the soul of the Labour Party,” he said. “If she wanted to apologise, it shows a level of decisiveness that we haven’t seen since the ’90s.  “Conflict clarifies for the public where a leader stands.” With Momentum regrouping and Labour needing both ideas and activists for next year’s local metro mayors elections, it would be a mistake to isolate the Left, some warn.“The Left needs more skin in the game,” one staff member said. “Dennis Skinner used to go and see Tony Blair every week.” Local elections will be “Keir’s first big test”, said Duffield, adding “we cannot simply assume we will do well”. Target number one is the West Midlands metro mayor seat, currently occupied by Conservative Andy Street. “If we had terrible local elections, given the way Boris has run the country, I would be worried if I was Keir,” said one left-winger. “I think there will definitely be a leadership challenge at some stage - maybe Richard Burgon or Ian Lavery - but I don’t know if anyone will take any notice.” Hinting at a broader electoral strategy, Rosie Duffield says ‘blue wall’ seats in the Midlands and North “will be harder to gain” than many three-way marginals held by moderate Tories, further south and in Scotland, where Lib Dems may also be in contention. “To win, we have to do better than we did in 1997,” she said. “We need some traditional Tory seats, including in Kent and the South, as well as winning back in the North.“Moderate Tories find Boris Johnson’s government really embarrassing, and they are going Labour or Lib Dem – certainly in my area.” Duffield, chair of the Women’s Parliamentary Labour Party, added abuse of MPs had significantly subsided.She said: “There have been some teething problems but on the whole I feel much safer with Keir as leader.” While the party remains exposed to criticism it has never had a female leader, supporters say northern woman Angela Rayner serving as Starmer’s deputy “balances the ticket” for voters. “Keir has real respect for Angela and not just her feel for the wider labour movement but her ability to speak to some of the voters Labour has lost touch with over recent elections,” said one advisor. Matt Zarb-Cousin says what Starmer’s team has failed to recognise is that economy has made voters less loyal to parties. “He is obviously conscious of the fact that they need to win seats back in the red wall and there is a definite emphasis on appealing to older, more socially conservative voters, in terms of policy and rhetoric,” he said. “The risk of that is that it is informed by the view that we can rebuild the coalition of voters that we had in ’97, but given the context that we are in now – most people under 40 don’t have property, for example, and we have lost Scotland – we have to remember that the working class is less tribal now.”He said Starmer must prove he can “shift the narrative”.  He said: “When Jeremy Corbyn was leader of the opposition, yes we lost two elections, but the government was influenced by the opposition.” Starmer replaced general secretary and Corbyn ally Jennie Formby – the party’s failure to deal with anti-Semitism was often laid at her door – with moderate David Evans. He has also succeeded in pushing through voting changes which, it is claimed, will see more moderates secure places on the party’s ruling National Executive Committee. But, the source added, he has been “quite slow” in removing what they called “partisan influence” from other sections of the party’s staff.  While most in the party broadly are happy with Labour’s apparent change in fortunes, there have been missteps. Starmer is blind to the fact that many voters have not left Brexit behind, even if Westminster had. One MP, with a Leave constituency, said Brexit voters deserved an apology from Labour. The Labour Party needs to make some kind of apology to the communities that weren’t listened to and acknowledge the hurt caused by some people in our party.Labour MP“It isn’t enough for Keir to say that Brexit is over and done with,” she said. “The Labour Party needs to make some kind of apology to the communities that weren’t listened to and acknowledge the hurt caused by some people in our party.“He needs to say sorry and that we got it wrong before we can properly move on.” Deep concerns have also been raised over how Starmer has handled questions about the Black Lives Matter movement. Some mark a “lack of empathy” in statements about the fall of slaver Edward Colston’s statue in Bristol. He also dismissed as “nonsense” calls to “defund the police”, which call for more money to be pumped into health, education and other support services. While Starmer has appointed a number of BAME MPs as shadow ministers, the lack of diversity in his staff is a “five alarm fire”, said one insider. “It is 2020. You can’t have an all-white team,” he said. “And that isn’t just about the optics – though they are terrible – it’s about having people around the table with lived experience who can say ‘we are missing something here’.” We kneel with all those opposing anti-Black racism. #BlackLivesMatterpic.twitter.com/ZvjBndwqKk— Keir Starmer (@Keir_Starmer) June 9, 2020He added a failure to engage meaningfully with BAME communities would lose the party votes: “It is similar to what is happening with Joe Biden right now. A lot of BAME people are saying: you have had our support for 20 years and what have you done with it.” One shadow frontbencher, however, defended Starmer, saying: “It was an instinctive reaction [to reject the phrase ‘defund the police’] and would be aligned to what average voters think.” While the first 100 days are important for any leader, it is perhaps the next 100 that could be the real measure of Labour’s new leader. The Equality and Human Rights Commission is expected to publish its investigation into anti-Semitism in the party within weeks. “He feels strongly about the Labour Party rebuilding its moral authority,” said one advisor. “People underestimate how strongly he feels about anti-Semitism festering in the party. His wife’s family is Jewish.”Another source added: “There will be expulsions, it will be a big moment and we hope to see Labour recover its moral authority,” said one insider. While that reckoning has yet to arrive, most are satisfied with the state of play. Or, as one shadow minister, put it: “I think the great British public has so far picked up that he is not Jeremy Corbyn, and that is a great start.”  Related... Tory Conference Cancelled And Replaced By Virtual Event Due To Coronavirus Crisis Does Keir Starmer Really Want A ‘Wealth Tax’ To Fund A Covid Recovery? Keir Starmer To Take Unconscious Bias Training And Says Everyone Should Do So
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During Tuesday’s 2020 Democratic debate, candidates from Andrew Yang to Elizabeth Warren were forced to address how they would support workers whose jobs are threatened by automation.Automation is entrepreneur Yang’s pet issue and one that he’s pushed into the mainstream presidential policy discussion over the past few months.His proposed remedy has been a universal basic income (UBI) of $1,000 for each person living in the United States over the age of 18.He’s argued that this monetary guarantee would allow people to spend more time engaging in hobbies or providing a basic level of financial security when the jobs of auto manufacturers or semi truck drivers may be insecure.“We have a freedom dividend of $1,000 a month.It recognizes the work in our families and communities,” Yang said.
Just 10 Democratic presidential contenders debated Thursday night, cut in half from the 20 who faced off in two two-night groups earlier this summer.The participants were former Vice President Joe Biden; Sen. Elizabeth Warren; Sen. Bernie Sanders; Sen. Kamala Harris; South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg; entrepreneur Andrew Yang; Senator Cory Booker; former Rep. Beto O'Rourke; Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former housing secretary Julián Castro.There were only 10 candidates because the Democratic National Committee had tougher qualification rules this time, doubling the polling and donor requirements.Yang wants you to take his moneyThursday night's debates saw entrepreneur Andrew Yang promise to give 10 American families $1,000 a month for one year, playing off his promotion of universal basic income."Yang should have brought out a lottery machine," joked H.Jon Benjamin, who voices Bob Belcher on Bob's Burgers and Archer on Archer.
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