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18 April 2005

Respect Coalition Manifesto Launch

George Galloway's Respect Coalition have launched their 2005 Election Manifesto (pdf), the main points of which are as follows:
  • End the occupation of Iraq
  • End privatisation – bring public services back into public ownership
  • End the attacks on civil liberties; no identity cards
  • Comprehensive education; an equal chance to every child and young person
  • A publicly owned, democratically controlled and fully funded NHS
  • Link pensions to average earnings
  • Scrap student tuition fees
  • Raise the minimum wage to the European Decency Threshold of £7.40
  • Oppose all forms of discrimination, defend refugees and asylum seekers
  • Repeal the anti-union laws
  • Tough action to control climate change
  • Tax big business and the wealthy to fund public expenditure
All of which sounds rather good in principle and makes The Antagonist think it's a shame that democracy in the UK is little more than a two horse race.

The late and legendary Bill Hicks said it best when he said:
'I think the puppet on the right shares my beliefs.'
'I think the puppet on the left is more to my liking.'
'Hey, wait a minute, there's one guy holding out both puppets!'

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