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Jobs in Every Constituency – the promise of the Green New Deal

The Green New Deal Group has launched a new report this morning. This is a summary:
Jobs in Every Constituency
A Green New Deal Election Manifesto
To return a sense of hope for the future and economic security for all, the government and all political parties need urgently to consider embracing a ‘jobs in every constituency’ Green New [...]

How we can save some of the jobs destroyed by rise of the machines

This letter was published in The Guardian on 10 August 2018:
Kim and Nick Hoare’s heartfelt call for a cross-party action programme for tackling climate change is crucial (Letters, 9 August).
Yet there is a way that the UK could contribute to substantially reducing its domestic carbon emissions while addressing the other serious threat of rapid and ubiquitous automation [...]

The Green New Deal and automation

This letter was published in the Guardian on 4 May 2018:
John Harris is right to say the left has articulated no comprehensive answer to the existing and future threats posed to employment by automation. Key to this must be prioritising labour-intensive sectors that are difficult to automate, such as health, education and elderly care. Equally [...]

Brexit offers an opportunity for the Green New Deal

Reposted from Tax Research UK and written by Green New Deal member Richard Murphy:
The Guardian has something decidedly right in its editorial today, saying:
When running for the Labour leadership, Jeremy Corbyn wanted a “people’s quantitative easing” to boost the economy. It was frostily dismissed in 2015 as being forbidden by provisions in the Lisbon treaty. If we leave [...]

Robots and the Green New Deal

This letter was in The Guardian on 26 November 2017:
Your editorial on productivity and robots repeated the cliche that automation does cost jobs, but more are created. The problem with this is that the new jobs are frequently in different places from where they are lost and require very different skills, hence exacerbating the problems [...]

QE is staggering on – and is in need of change

This letter was in the New Statesman (which is nicknamed the Staggers):

Cutting the cost of PFI with People’s QE

This was the lead Guardian letter on 27 September 2017:
In your editorial (26 September) on John McDonnell’s proposal that PFI contracts be bought back by a future Labour government you suggest that any such action might be constrained by the need to persuade the financial markets to continue to lend the government money. This was an [...]

Green spending could help rescue UK after debt crash

Colin Hines and Richard Murphy had this letter in the Guardian on 5 September:
Zoe Williams is right: another credit crunch-induced “crash” is likely and the only affordable rescue package will be some form of quantitative easing (With Britain’s addition to debt, another crash is certain, 4 September). This time it must generate jobs for [...]

Time for a Green New Deal?

All ideas ideas have their moments. Some of them are pivotal. The trouble is knowing when those pivotal tipping points arrive.
Post Hurricane Harvey in the USA the Green New Deal is having one of its moments. The New York Times ran an articlelast week by Rebecca Elliott that specifically referred to the idea, saying:
Certainly, the hurricane’s victims [...]

Jeremy Corbyn must revisit and vigorously shake his people’s QE “money tree”

This letter was written by Colin Hines and was published in the Guardian on 12 June 2017:
Sorry Brenda from Bristol, but another election looms, and this time a progressive alliance of Labour, the Lib Dems, the SNP, Plaid and the Greens need to get their policy ducks in a row to win it. Firstly, these must [...]