13 years of Labour goverment has produced even greater income inequalities. The Labour response is likely to include new tortures for people who work hard, try to get on in the world, who aspire for themselves and their children.
What we need are policies which raise the sights and motivate the energies of the many. The way to reduce inequality – and to make most people better off – is to encourage and foster, not to regulate and tax in a fit of jealous anger that some have still succeeded.
We need an enterprise package to make it easier to set up and run your own business, a small business package so more small businesses can expand and take on more labour, and a shake up of some schools and training Colleges so more obtain worthwhile qualifications.
I have been interested in the wide range of responses to my piece on prisons. It is right that many burglars and petty thieves are never caught, so prison does not act as a great deterrent. It is also right that some of the thieves who are caught are not up to holding down a normal job, especially those on drugs. We do need to do more work on getting people off drugs, on getting them into a condition where they can do something useful and earn an honest living. Some will need to go to prison to do that.