Miliband's unveiling some new policies today.
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A lot of it we already know about, but there's some stuff in there that we might not. A national register of landlords seems like a good idea - I think there are already local registers in some Labour boroughs. Nothing in there about building new council housing, but I'm hoping that will be one of the main manifesto commitments come 2015. Still not sure about this job guarantee business though. I'm not against a job guarantee in principle but there's not been much discussion of what jobs will actually be made available, and who'll be providing them. The Labour leadership says it supports a living wage, but apparently at least some of these jobs will be at NMW - so unless they're planning to increase NMW to living wage level, that suggests their support for a living wage is largely just hot air.
Not really sure why this investment bank has to be at arm's length from the government, either. I know politicians are loath to 'pick winners' these days but we need to have some way of ensuring that credit actually goes directly where it needs to. Is it going to be democratically accountable in any way?
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