Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Costed positive campaigning on policy: 10% rail fare reduction plan

The return to politics after the New Year break has seen more of the same slapstick gaming by Labour and Tories alike.

Listening to Andy Burnham on Radio 4's Today programme yesterday you could have been forgiven for thinking that it was only the Tories who are trying to privatise the NHS. While Mr Burnham was reminded about AQP and admitted bring in private sector capacity, there was no mention of Labour's wholesale privatisation of Hinchingbrook Hospital or their widespread use of PFI.

Later yesterday, the Tories were on PM talking about a hole in Labour's spending plans and they had gone to pains to present a report in the style of a treasury report to rubbish those plans.

Meanwhile across the country the Greens were out campaigning with a fully costed plan to reduce public transport fares by 10% immediately, using funds from the new road building pot. We also continued our campaign to bring rail back into public ownership.

I was outside Canterbury West with Dave and Antonia getting a great reception from commuters while my colleagues did the same in Ashford, Medway and Faversham. The main action was at Kings Cross.

Our sensible, costed and straighforward approach is paying off. This morning YouGov put us on 8% again, ahead of the Lib Dems.

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