The United Kingdom is now a multicultural society. If I were Prime Minister I would build a regionally diverse, multicultural cabinet comprising 50 per cent women. Everyone would be comprehensive school educated and come from a variety of demographic backgrounds. I would appoint Russell Brand as Minister without Portfolio immediately to free up the discussion and think outside the No.10 box.
The days of privilege would be over. I would introduce an immediate bill to abolish the House of Lords and the monarchy, and thus revert our democracy to its original meaning: the rule of the people.
I would withdraw all support for faith schools. Children should be introduced to multiculturalism as soon as they begin school. Faith schools only perpetuate divisions. Why should people of a particular belief system impose it on their children when they are too young to decide for themselves? Do they not have the courage of their convictions?
Furthermore, I would scrap all tuition fees for higher education. My generation was offered free higher education and there's no reason why our youngest and fittest minds should be saddled with debt for the first decade of their working lives.
Working mothers are not getting the support they require. The credit system for child-care should be replaced by a proper system of state care fully integrated into the school system.
Election Analysis: The Key Voters
Election Analysis: The Key Voters
1/6 Settled Silvers
These are the comfortably-off over-60s, still in work or drawing a decent pension – or both – who are enjoying their entitlements such as the Winter Fuel Allowance, free bus passes and free TV licence. They are worried about immigration and Europe. Both the Conservatives – who are pledging to keep benefits for wealthier pensioners – and Ukip want their votes
2/6 Squeezed Semis
Slightly older than the Harassed Hipsters, they are the second key group for Labour’s family-focused election strategy. They are married couples on low to middle incomes who own unpretentious semi-detached homes in suburban areas. In 2001, these were the Pebbledash People sought by the Conservatives. Now the pebbledash is gone and a modest conservatory has been built at the back
3/6 Aldi Woman
In 1997 and 2001 she was Worcester Woman – a middle-class Middle Englander shopping at Marks & Spencer and Waitrose. Today, the age of austerity means she still goes to Waitrose for her basic food shop but cannily switches to Aldi for her luxury bargains such as Parma ham and prosecco. Identified by Caroline Flint, she is a key target of both Labour and the Conservatives
4/6 Glass Ceiling Woman
In her thirties or forties, she has an established career under her belt, perhaps in the “marzipan layer” – one position below the still male-dominated senior executive level. She is now, according to Nick Clegg, forced into making the “heart-breaking choice” between staying at home to bring up her children and going to work and forking out for high-cost, round-the-clock childcare
5/6 Harassed Hipsters
One of the two key groups identified by Labour as crucial to hand Ed Miliband the keys to Downing Street. Well-paid professional couples, often with children, they live in diverse urban and metropolitan areas rather than the suburbs. More comfortably off than most swing voters, they are time poor – struggling to balance raising a young family with busy work schedules
These are mainly first-time voters, though some are in their twenties – students and digital-age generation renters helping to fuel the “Green Surge”. Idealists, but with no tribal loyalty to any party, they are anti-austerity, middle class, living in urban areas. Despite studying at university or recently graduated, they are struggling to find decent jobs and want cheaper housing and a higher minimum wage
I would also provide proper & adequate legal representation for all people. The rich should not be able to buy justice, while the poor for lack of adequate representation remain on remand in overcrowded prisons at the mercy of an elitist and often unintelligible legal system.
It is often said that Trident should be scrapped and funds freed up to properly fund the NHS. With people living longer and receiving new treatments the workload and cost is increasing exponentially, therefore I would implement such a suggestion immediately.
I would also make sure that people who actually know something about medicine are in charge of administration at the NHS. To assist the health service with their increased burden due to the growing obesity crisis and the health problems it causes (such as diabetes, heart disease and some cancers), I would introduce stricter food quality controls and legislate to remove high fructose corn syrup from all foods. Hopefully this would put junk food operatives like Macdonalds, KFC and other burger chains out of business in this country. Stricter controls on the price of alcohol at supermarkets would also ensure a halt to the culture of cheap booze & its attendant health issues.
I'd also repeal the anti-union laws so that working people can defend themselves against the bankers and the corporations. And I'd implement a process of bringing essential services back into public ownership, starting with public transport. All buses, trains and tubes would have fair and affordable fares. This would remove many cars from the roads, to the ultimate benefit of our health, welfare & environment.
Finally, as PM I would implement a form of proportional representation so that the aims of smaller political parties are much better represented.
Pauline Black is an actress, broadcaster, and author, and lead singer in The Selecter, currently on tour - www.theselecter.netReuse content