The NHS at Tipping Point - Time for Renewal
Decades of Underfunding has Left the National Health Service in Crisis
The issues discussed here and much more will be analysed in our forthcoming pamphlet on the nation's health service, and what must be done to rebuild it.
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We Want Thames Water Back Debt-Free
by Bob Ansell
Trade Unions Must Become the Political Leadership of Britain
Government Spending and Debt: A New Approach
Rebuild Britain has produced highly acclaimed publications on the steps required to rebuild the British economy.This is the third pamphlet published by Rebuild Britain. Our first two look at what is needed to rebuild the fishing industry and manufacturing. We will not be able to move forward with a strong economy unless we attend to Britain’s finances and the position of the financial sector. More austerity, more national debt, more market madness, greater inequality and rising prices are not the answer. This pamphlet shows how they can be avoided. Written in an accessible style, this pamphlet provides an educational tool for trade unionists and community activists setting out the straightforward solutions that are needed and urges readers to translate them into new policies in their organisations. Public finances, that is the income and expenditure of government, and private finance, that is the vast wealth in money of the banks, pension schemes, insurance companies and money traders in general, have for a long time been regarded by workers as mysterious, with an aura of magic. The operations of the great institutions of finance are seen as alien, unfathomable and complex. In truth, there is no mystery, just mystification; no complexity, just confusion. For trade unions, public finance has often been regarded as a secondary question to the bigger, priority issues of pay and conditions, economic strategy and industrial policy. In fact, public finance is the bigger picture. It is the scaffolding that buttresses and conditions the shape of the nation’s whole economy. Sound, stable public finances are the pre-requisite to any serious attempt to rebuild industry, revive agriculture and public services and combat climate change.
Rebuild Britain's Manufacturing
A Strategy for Revival
The devastating decline of British manufacturing over many decades is widely agreed.
Now, we have to stop pretending that we can sustain a viable economy for the long term without rebuilding a larger and stronger manufacturing base.
Beyond this primary necessity the state must:
- Drive a ‘Buy British’ public procurement strategy
- Promote the on-shoring of manufacturing production, especially of supply chains
- Develop an active and effective government role in driving up domestic investment
- Legislate to ensure a substantial expansion in the national skills base
- Substantially expand state aids to industry and regional industrial support
- Expand the role of public ownership including an urgent nationalisation of the steel industry
- Establish a new commission for industry involving government, employers and trade unions.
Positive signs that Labour has recognised the importance of rebuilding Britain's manufacturing capacity outside the EU.
Some of the media reports following an interview with Kier Starmer
These are positive signs that Labour has accepted the referrendum vote and intends to support the Rebuilding of Britain outide the EU. They must be held to that commitment.
Rebuild Britain's Fishing Industry
by Brian Denny
Develop our coastal communities for a sustainable future in an independent Britain
Brexit Deal Bad for Fishing IndustryYet the Brexit trade deal agreed at the end of 2020 was a further blow to the industry as EU boats will continue to fish in UK waters for some years to come. Added to this the EU has effectively put a blockade on fish exports on Britain with new customs arrangements and vindictively banned the import of live shellfish that are often landed from the same fishing grounds as French fishing boats. Read more of the pamphlet online.
Make Britain Self-reliant
What is Self-Reliance?Self-reliance is not self-isolation let alone self-sufficiency. Neither is it protectionist; it provides protection not protectionism; protection for the nation’s inhabitants and its natural resources. It means creating a safe space to inhabit, a secure nation with a strong industrial base that can confidently forge non-exploitative links with other nations.
A corollary of self-reliance is respect for the environment. Looking after our own environment to ensure long-term sustainability will cease to be a box to be ticked or a tax to be paid and become an integral part of our economic activities.