I've been inspired by some left-wing rhetoric. There's nothing like that old war-horse Tony Benn to get you going. You either love him or hate him. I love him. I've seen him talk many years ago. He makes such sense if you listen. Who wouldn't we want a welfare state, good health care, good free education, fair taxation. Sounds like Cuba!!
There are no mainstream centre-left parties in the UK, Australia, or the USA. They're all fighting for the centre-right ground. I'm sick of the current political horizon, give us some choice. It's so bad here in Australia, you'd prefer even Johnnie Howard to what Labour has to offer, or is frightened to offer. Let's see what Kevin Rudd the new Labour leader has to offer. Probably not much.
Why can't we have centre-left policies. Does that really have to bankrupt a country? I don't get why spending the money on infrastructure instead of bombs is a dud economic policy. Do bombs really have a better economic return? I'd much rather see infrastructure, water, air, transport, telecomms, nationalised and run by the government. By all means have private enterprise run on the infrastructure and sell services using the infrastructure, but some things are too big and risky for commercial enterprises to take on, and we the population suffer, and in some cases aren't able to compete with countries who centrally invest in say, the latest telecomm infrastructure. It's not just a shareholder payback thing.