Significance of Miliband’s attack on non-doms goes a lot wider

Of course it’s right that Ed Miliband is finally putting paid (which the latest 3 polls make much more likely) to the wholly indefensible and anachronistic nonsense of non-domicile status whereby rich individuals can live in the UK, but claim to live abroad  on the basis of some bauble like a foreign bank account, a father born abroad or even just a burial plot abroad, and thus pay no tax on their worldwide income unless they remit it to the UK.   No other country in the world allows this, and it is yet another subsidy, albeit a particularly egregious one, to Mandelson’s ‘filthy rich’.   But this isn’t just about settling scores with 116,000 non-doms.   The significance of this move goes much further, and is perhaps one of the reasons that the polls are now moving Labour’s way.

It’s about leadership, it’s about vision and principle.   Leadership first.   Cameron has been lionised as a strong leader and Miliband chastised as a weak leader.   The record tells the opposite.   Cameron wobbled on the environment: he flew to the Arctic to get himself photographed on a dogsleigh, to detoxify the Tory brand by embracing green, but then come PM he has been more pro-fossil fuels than any British leader in recent history.   Then he wobbled on the EU: he insists he wants Britain to remain in the EU, but then gratuitously offers a referendum on exit in 2017, veering to the Right to keep his rebellious Little Englanders in tow, putting party before country.   Then he wobbled on the media, taking on Andy Coulson, the editor of the News of the World during the hacking scandal, in order to keep in with Murdoch, and ignored the mounting furore over industrial scale phone hacking until the Millie Dowler saga forced his hand.   Strong leader?

With Miliband it’s the opposite.   He has achieved in Opposition what no other leader in Opposition, neither Thatcher nor Blair, managed to do, namely changing the course of events in ways hugely important to this country without any direct executive power to do so.   He stopped Murdoch getting BSkyB which would have turned our news system into a UK version of Murdoch’s Fox News.   He stood up to the Tory tabloids in defence of Leveson’s prescription of redress for people abused by the press over privacy and gross inaccuracies, a big risk when the Sun, Mail, Express and Telegraph (and their Sundays) control 70% of the UK press.   He caused a furore by daring to impose a 16-month freeze on ednergy charges after the Big 6 energy companies had been ripping off customers for years.   He stopped a third Middle East War by opposing Cameron’s plan to support Obama in a missile attack on Syria that week.   And now he’s taken on the very rich by pulling down the blinds on the non-dom scandal.   Weak leader?   So who has Cameron taken on? – the jobless, the disabled, the carers, while flip-flopping all over the place to keep his Right-wing rebels on board.   It’s a no-brainer.

8 thoughts on “Significance of Miliband’s attack on non-doms goes a lot wider

  1. Whilst I agree with you on almost everything you say, in this article and in all the others I still can’t help feeling that Miliband is simply making a few (well needed) tweaks to an economic policy that is far too close to that of the Tories. We’ve heard nothing about halting the endless privatisations of public services, nothing about regulating the financial industry and virtually nothing about rejuvenating our heavy industry. Our rail network is crying out for additional carriages but does anyone make them any more? The Tories made a commitment to Nato to spend 2% of GDP on defense, they have not managed this or anywhere near since that commitment. But where is Labour’s pledge to honour the commitment?

  2. I absolutely agree -Ed Miliband has been the most effective leader of the Opposition in my lifetime.
    However, I think there are policies that he is weak on which to me he needs to act on because they are so glaringly obvious.
    One, that he should oppose TTIP. The stance o TTIP is ot strong enough.
    The speech on TTIP made by Zac Goldsmith in January was the best, “ceding our ancient democracy to corporations” just sums it up. Exempting the NHS good but not good enough. This will lead to the demise of government, and make it impossible to have democratic and redistributive change.
    Renationalisation of the NHS, supported by 84% of the public (Yougov), and renationalisation of the railways, supported by 79% , would be impossible under the treaty. ISDS, suspended for talks, is only a listening exercise, and remains a serious threat.
    When I attended a Labour spring event in Biringham, the talk of only supporting TTIP if standards are raised not lowered, by some front benchers, was frankly naive.
    This is a reason for the rise in the Green Vote. Where I live, I attended meetings organised by the keep our NHS public campaign. They are intelligent thoughtful people, and they intend to vote Green due to both the TTIP and NHS Treaty.
    I like and admire Ed Miliband, and agree with the above article. But I believe he is shooting himself in the foot with TTIP, and not mentioning the need to renationalise the NHS and railways, which are both so needed and popular.

  3. Has above why do we need ttip when its a sell out to the americans are we mad that mad to allow yanks a clear run at our democracy you bet not but sadly our politicians will lead us down tjis road unless those ninty nine percent who aint rich wake up to the fact that they lied about ttip it wasnt for us but the big yanky companies

  4. Yes TTIP/TPP is the globalisation end game. NWO defacto. My view is that the TTIP/TPP is the greatest disenfranchisement scam ever attempted: Even bigger than the EU scam, and requires absolutely a referendum within any nation where the corporate puppets greedily grasp their rubber stamps.

    Failing a referendum I would put forward the view that revolution must be inevitable and warranted.

    As for Ed Miliband, I can not forget his serious comments that people must be subjected to a carbon allowance (Rothschild scheme). No commitment to destroy the internationalists’ Quango culture. No promise to rein in subversives like Common Purpose. No criticisms of the US’ “Global” terrorist strike force (NATO) in regard to dreadful and unlawful wars of aggression New Labour (ED was a minister, his brother the Foregn sec) and Call me Dave have waged against Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Ukraine (donbass), now Yemen. There is more of course, but these countries refused a Rothschild Central Bank. Only N Korea is left after Syria. ISIL is of course a western army (mercenary)

    What will Ed do or say about these gargantuan crimes against humanity? Ok I appreciate a few quid of my energy bill, which I soon shall be unable to pay anyway, but the sheer evil defining geopolitics currently demands a clear response from any who seek the CEO position (with Perquisites) of the UK Corp.

  5. i can’t help but wonder if the people have begun to link ‘leadership’ with playground behaviour – shouting loudest and blaming everyone else, this is something Miliband does not appear good at; having said that – that is fine by me

  6. Ed Miliband walks into a bank to cash a cheque. “Good morning”, says Ed, “could you please cash this cheque for me?”

    Cashier: “It would be my pleasure Sir, but could you please show me some identification?”

    Miliband: “Truthfully… I did not bring my ID with me as I didn’t think there was any need to. But hang on! I’m Ed Miliband, Leader of the Opposition and of the Labour Party!!!”

    Cashier: ““Yes Sir, I know who you are, but with all the regulations and monitoring of the banks because of impostors and forgers etc, I must insist on seeing some identification”.

    Miliband: “Just ask any of the customers here at the bank who I am and they will tell you. Everybody knows who I am!”

    Cashier: “I’m sorry Sir, but these are the bank rules and I must follow them”.

    Miliband: “I am urging you please, to cash this cheque for me”.

    Cashier: “Look Sir, this is what we can do. One day Colin Montgomery came into the bank without any ID. To prove he was Colin Montgomery he pulled out his putter and putted a ball along the floor and into a small cup. With that sort of skill we knew it was Colin Montgomery and we cashed his cheque. On another occasion, Andy Murray came in without any ID. He pulled out his tennis racquet and lobbed a tennis ball straight into my teacup with such a spectacular shot that we all knew it was Andy Murray and we cashed his cheque. So Sir, what can you do to prove that it is you and only you, as the Leader of the Opposition?”

    Ed Miliband stood there thinking and thinking and then finally says, “To be honest, there is nothing that comes to my mind. I can’t think of a single thing that I’m any good at.”

    Cashier: “Will it be large or small notes you require Mr Miliband?”

  7. I’d be really happy to see Ed Miliband as PM and for Labour to win a majority. I would also like the Tories to disappear forever from politics and never, ever govern again! Thatcher was bad enough but the current lot are despicable beyond words, so Labour would be a most welcomed change.

    Unfortunately, many people in my area are of a similar opinion to that of Sandra Crawford: they want to vote Green as Labour has not convinced them they are against TTIP, NHS privatisation and also fracking.

    This is a great pity, as various reports have highlighted how damaging TTIP and Fracking would be to this country, and most people seem to be against privatisation of the NHS. So why is Labour still supporting these?

    These people are also anti-Tory, but “vote Green get Blue” goes against their beliefs, which is that they should vote for the party that best represents their views. I agree that this is how voting should work in principle, but it doesn’t quite seem to work in practice.

    I’m in a marginal seat, narrowly lost by Labour in 2010, by only 1,299 votes, to the Tories. The Greens got about 1,400 votes and will get many more this time around, so they are a real threat here.

    Others still aren’t convinced that Miliband’s Labour is different to Blair’s, which in their eyes was more Tory than Socialist, so they’re drawn towards TUSC (who fortunately don’t have a candidate standing here).

    So, there’s still an awful lot of work to be done by Labour but very little time in which to do it.

  8. I warn you that you will have pain–when healing and relief depend upon payment.

    I warn you that you will have ignorance–when talents are untended and wits are wasted, when learning is a privilege and not a right.

    I warn you that you will have poverty–when pensions slip and benefits are whittled away by a government that won’t pay in an economy that can’t pay.

    I warn you that you will be cold–when fuel charges are used as a tax system that the rich don’t notice and the poor can’t afford.

    I warn you that you must not expect work–when many cannot spend, more will not be able to earn. When they don’t earn, they don’t spend. When they don’t spend, work dies.

    I warn you not to go into the streets alone after dark or into the streets in large crowds of protest in the light.

    I warn you that you will be quiet–when the curfew of fear and the gibbet of unemployment make you obedient.

    Kinnock taking about Thatcher he could have been talking about new labour the party he helped make.

    The problem is of course once you look into labour attack on Non Doms it does not look the same, when will it actually come in next year five years time, and is it not true that most non doms are American who live here and pay taxes in America , so they would be allowed to carry on.

    A few Russian oligarchs might get affected but they will move somewhere else of course this will depend a lot on how progress wish to do it or not

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