Campaign Manager for TaxPayers’ Alliance, Duncan Simpson, spoke to Express.co.uk about the countrywide impact of the Labour Party’s manifesto plans. Mr Simpson warned that the socialist policies were reminiscent of the 1970s when Britain was “suffering” from strikes and “overly powerful unions”. The consequences could be dangerous, with “piles of rubbish” left in the middle of the street as the country is “held to ransom”.
He told Express.co.uk: “Polling by another think tank, which was done for them by YouGov, showed support for the denationalisation of a whole range of industries to have increased very substantially.
“Now that’s particularly the case for people in my generation, millennial, 25 to mid-30s.
“Policies like renationalising a lot of industries and the state having a much more clear direction in higher education.
“So that was really the key concern and the way we go about it is to present relatively short notes.”
He continued: “As I’ve said, we’ve done these short books to make clear why Britain in the 1970s was suffering so badly.
“You had these absurd things like the 3-day week because the power companies would be going on strike and car manufacturers didn’t do their job.
“Bodies were left in the cemetery because municipal workers didn’t do their job.
“Piles and piles of rubbish were mounting up in Leicester Square, in the middle of London in the late 70s because, again, council workers went on strike and didn’t bother turning up to work.”
The tax expert told Express.co.uk: “The number of people who are in trade unions similarly has declined very substantially.
“I think in the public sector it’s just about a majority of people who’ve unionised.
“In the private sector, it’s very small at about 15/16 percent.
“We have a ‘Stand Against Socialism’ campaign, which was born out of concern that quite a few elements of how people think, and particularly some political parties think about what Government is there for has changed really quite fundamentally.
“So really for us, it’s making the case that it’s generally up to individuals and not the state to make decisions.”