The ex-Liberal Democrat Vince Cable’s pleas for New Labour and the Lib Dems to work together in creating an effective opposition is a throwback to the 1980s. The ignominy of the defeat for the SDP/Liberal Alliance left them in the political wilderness until they jumped on the austerity bandwagon with the Tory Government in 2010.
Cable claims that Britain risks becoming a “one party state” under the Conservatives. What Cable has failed to grasp is that Britain essentially is all that but in name. All the major parties have the same neoliberalist ideology, and sign up to organisations such as NATO, the EU and the WTO.
What is required is fresh thinking; a new start for Britain to build a just and equal society. This however can only begin by removing the nation from the shackles of the EU by voting for an exit in the planned referendum.
Simply removing Britain from the EU should only be viewed as the first step. We need to reform Britain from bottom to top, abolish the House of Lords, create a new constitution, establish a new voting system, while developing a new ideology.
We need to rebuild and invest in the wealth creating industries of Britain and develop cutting edge technology for the future. We need to need an economy and politics for the 99% not the 1%. We need to build from the grass roots and establish a democracy for working people; a democracy built upon the three nations of Britain with an end to the separatist agenda.
The time is ripe to do so while the political parties are tired and divided. An exit from the EU will not solve all our problems but it will be the first step in building a new Britain.