I was invited to deliver a co-operative budget this morning on Radio 4. The idea was to present a light-hearted alternative budget that focused on the things that money can’t buy – family, friendships, community.
Great fun to do, and to cheers and jeers in Parliament in the background, I announced:
- freezing homework duties for children
- raising personal leisure allowances for adults from four hours a day to five and a half, on an equal footing between women and men
- five new bank holidays, bringing bank bonuses to everyone
- a family friendly scrappage scheme, where children could exchange their parents’ blackberries for cinema tickets
- in the context of climate change, the promotion of public sharing rather than private shares
- a penny off business tax for all enterprises that pass ownership, over time, to their employees
- an increase in pollination rates, through the extension of the principles of NHS care to bees, with support for Britain’s 40,000+ amateur beekeepers.
You can catch it on iPlayer, 13.38mins in on Radio 4.