The past 14 days has seen the emergence of many of the details of the much-anticipated Labour manifesto, which is expected to be released next week, with the socialist party promising big changes for workers, the public sector and the climate. But analysts have savaged the plans days before they are expected to be officially released into the public domain, with one even claiming that forcing the nation to work a four-day week would provoke a mass surge in unemployment causing an “angry electorate on the dole”. Morgan Schondelmeier of think tank the Adam Smith Institute told Express.co.uk: “This is the latest in a long line of unrealistic empty promises by Labour. Who wouldn’t want the extra lie in that a four day week provides? – But if it comes at the expense of your job altogether then they won’t find a grateful public but an angry electorate on the dole.
“In real terms, this policy will create a huge burden on businesses, creating endless red tape and making our labour market less flexible. It will be harder to find new work, harder to work extra hours for overtime, and harder for low skill and entry level workers to enter the labour market.”
The plan itself is expected to cost taxpayers a staggering £26billion.
At the party’s September conference, tidbits were leaked on social media that are widely expected to be featured in next week’s official policy unveiling.
One of the most controversial was how the party voted on scrapping private schools so even pupil has the exact some level of education as their peers.
Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said a future Labour government would scrap the “tax loopholes” she claims benefit private schools.
In a ferocious speech at a podium with the slogan ‘People before privilege’, she demanded at the September party conference that funds and properties held by private schools should be “redistributed democratically and fairly” to other institutions.
Ms Rayner said she would task the Social Mobility Commission – which the party would rename the Social Justice Commission – before the vote on the matter took place.
She said: “We will set that commission to making the whole education system fairer through the integration of private schools.
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“Myself and John McDonnell will set out further steps the Labour government will take, but I can say today that our very first budget will immediately close the tax loopholes used by elite private schools and use that money to improve the lives of all children.”
She added: “The ongoing existence of private schools is incompatible with Labour’s pledge to promote social justice, not social mobility in education.”
Labour voted in favour of the plan, but analyst Matthew Lesh claims Labour are more interested in attacking the wealthy rather than helping the poor.
He said: “This plan shows that the Labour leadership doesn’t care about the poor, they just hate the rich.
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“They want everyone to have a lower quality education. Abolishing private schools would reduce choice in education, cost the taxpayer £7.5 billion a year and lower the quality of education.”
Labour’s four-day working week plan prompted a spat between shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth and shadow chancellor John McDonnell which saw the pair disagree over whether to exclude NHS staff or not.
Mr Ashworth said NHS staff were excluded from the plan, while Mr McDonnell said otherwise.
Mr Ashworth told BBC Breakfast when asked: “No. It is not happening. There is not a four day week coming in the NHS.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock added it would “cripple our economy and cost the NHS billions every year”.
Another policy voted for by the Labour Party was put forward by MP Dawn Butler, who demanded flexible working hours for menopausal women who she said should be treated differently and as if they are suffering from a long-tam health condition.
She said companies with more than 250 employees should be forced to train managers on the effects the menopause can have on some women so they can accommodate the needs of the employer.
Ms Butler told the BBC: “Together we must end the stigma and ensure that no woman is put at a disadvantage, from menstruation to menopause.”
Labour voted in favour of this at the September conference.
Finally, to aid the environment Mr Corbyn has plotted a war on motorists with a huge fuel duty hike to force Britons to cut down on driving.
An internal Labour Party report has revealed plans to increase fun duty and company car tax, along with mandatory road pricing and charges to park vehicles at work.
Motorway speed limits will also be reduced in order for cars to travel more slowly and pollute less. And all planned road improvements will be scrapped too.
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