The Communist Party has released their General Election manifesto, to great fanfare (well, one of their candidates got to go on Daily Politics). Without wanting to give too much away, much of it seems to be not particularly Communist, and occasionally less left-wing than the Green Party.
Can you identify which of these policies belong to a party that’s polling at 5%, and which belong to a party that literally has hammers and sickles on the front of its manifesto? (answers at the bottom of the page).
- Introduce a Wealth Tax of 2% a year on the top 1%
- Levy a 1% Wealth Tax on the richest 10% of the population
- Increase corporation tax on big business profits, especially those made from overseas operations, to 33%
- Increase corporation tax from 20% to 30% ... Small firms would remain on 20%
- Prevent sales of weapons and military equipment to undemocratic regimes and those that violate human rights (including, at the present time, Israel and Saudi Arabia)
- The reduction of British military expenditure to the average European share of GDP
- A fundamental restructuring of our global economy
- A reduction in VAT to 15%
- Rent control that caps annual rent increases linked to the Consumer Price Index
- Pay every woman, man and child legally resident in the UK a guaranteed, non-means-tested income
- A basic state pension for all, set above the poverty level of £175 a week; increases in pensions to be linked to the best of RPI, CPI, earnings or 2.5%
- Expand mutually beneficial trade relations with the People’s Republic of China and other developing and less developed countries
How well did you do?
9 – 12 correct: Congratulations, Comrade! Welcome to the Party.
5 – 8 correct: Mediocre. Luckily for you, we don’t apportion benefits on the basis of ability in this society.
0 – 4 correct: Six months in the re-education camp.
Answers: 1. Green, 2. Communist, 3. Communist, 4. Green, 5. Green, 6. Communist, 7. Green, 8. Communist, 9. Green, 10. Green, 11. Communist, 12. Communist
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