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Towards the end of the new Tory report on economic policy presented this August by John Redwood, we find the following statement on ownership:
‘Today we should offer the same prospect to people to own the factories and offices of Britain as we offered them to own the homes of Britain in the last century.’
What can they mean? Well let’s read on.
‘The task of spreading ownership will not be carried out by confiscation, or by attack upon the current owners of capital. We are not Marxist socialists who judge the current owners to be too rich or the wrong sort of people… Our aim is to involve the current owners more, not less; to allow them to enjoy the fruits of ownership more, not steal them from them; and to create a climate where many more set up businesses of their own, or come to buy and own stakes in the bigger businesses run by others.’
Now no one reading this journal would ever be likely to think of the likes of John Redwood as being ‘Marxist socialists’ and the truth is all too clear. They just want us to give them more money. After all, what have we seen over the last few decades? The rich getting richer, the poor poorer with more wealth being concentrated in ever fewer hands – no ‘spreading ownership’ at all.
The society we want is one where the people really own the means of production and have a full say in how things are run. This is socialism and it is the task of us all to fight for it.
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