Cometh the hour, time for a party

It’s a pity that this is only satire, as this is a party I’d fully endorse and support. It’s what the Labour party should be doing, but isn’t. Even so, I wonder if the UPIP fiction couldn’t be used as a literary device for serious, vigorous promotion of the ideas and ideals Mike – or Mr. Fulsom – lays out here.

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A new political party has been launched – on International Workers’ Day – to represent the interests of people whose opportunities in life have been restricted because they earn low wages.

The Underpaid People’s Independence Party – UPIP – will campaign for better pay, better rights and a better say on behalf of all those who currently earn less than they need in order to pay their own way.

The new party has announced several policies already:

  • A living wage for every working person, ensuring that the overburdened benefit system does not subsidise greedy corporations
  • A guaranteed ‘income floor’ for all British citizens, ensuring that those who do not work because of illness or unemployment are able to live with dignity
  • The guarantee of employee benefits including sick pay, holiday rights and both lower and upper limits on the number of hours worked
  • Strengthened – and rigorously-enforced – health and…

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