Creating Green Jobs – Labour Broadband Policy

I have just had a really interesting chat with my friend of a school friend who I chat to online re politics.

He has beef.

  • He doesn’t believe in promises made by any of the political parties.
  • He doesn’t believe that education has caught up 21st century – for either young or older people. 

He’s a coach. He realised a few years ago that the only person who was going to change the outcome of his life was not billionaires paying more tax, or a higher minimum wage but it was up to him to get off his arse. He’s done “a crazy amount of research” (high five from me already) and thinks the way people trade their time for money is “absolutely bonkers”. He has managed to go self-employed and create a great income working maybe a quarter of the hours he used work. “The way I make money is so simple, everyone with a mobile phone and internet could do it. Nobody is putting this across.”


Here I want to shout LABOUR BROADBAND POLICY!


Anyway, back to my friend in his own words…


Just a few hours a week, it’s all totally legitimate as long as you’re paying your taxes but nobody is teaching anybody any of this stuff. So one of the things I’m looking to try and do is a way to get this message out to all parties, voters, anyone. I’m not selling it, I’m literally giving this information away for free. People are struggling on the run up to Christmas, homeless, on the verge of homelessness. If they knew there are some basic fundamentals of the internet, they wouldn’t have to struggle like they are.

(Again, LABOUR BROADBAND POLICY)

For some reason, government seems to hate the internet. I watched a documentary recently with the message, if everyone gets wealthy, governments lose control because people with money tend to be able to do what they want – emigrate, move money offshore. I believe all parties have some kind of strategy that makes sure people go to school, go to university to learn to be workers. No school is teaching people about entrepreneurship, about money in its real form and how to make it. We are still teaching children as we were 150 years ago. We teach them coding so they can go and work for a multinational and earn hardly anything. The skills needed aren’t being taught, yet more and more people are going self-employed.

I want to share this information. I don’t know how we do that, and how we put that into some kind of political format so we can take this on the road, campaigning for better internet-based, entrepreneurship type training. Whatever you want to call it.

So everyone can learn this, not just kids but places where adults can learn this too.

Here I want to shout NATIONAL EDUCATION SERVICE!

I literally set up a business, starting up a youtube channel for a 65 year old woman where she teaches people how to make basic cakes. And then we found a way for her to make money from it. She instantly thought she was too old, but we started a website where she would give her very best recipes away. There is a video, once a week with a PDF recipe to download and you pay £10 a month to subscribe. She now earns £10,000 a month without ever selling an actual cake. She had never used the internet before.

Everyone needs to know how to make money doing this.

What excites me about this is

  • Labour broadband, adult training and Green Industrial Revolution policy speak directly to these concerns.
  • These kind of service based micro-business opportunities are part of the Green Industrial Revolution. It is low-carbon employment (not to mention increasing peoples access to making money from doing something they enjoy). 
  • Labour has an open Green Industrial Revolution consultation which provides a way to feed this idea into the policy-making process.
  • Local and national ‘climate emergency’ strategies looking to align with economic growth policy may be interested in supporting such training.
  • Think tanks like Common Wealth might be interested in exploring investment in such training, or in how we build hubs to support and train our local communities as part of their digital commons work.

A brief note on the broadband policy

It’s bloody brilliant! But a quick online search (use ecosia and plant trees) has shown me there is a lot of criticism. Fancy that!

Here’s some reasons to be a little more hopeful:

“The plan will be paid for through Labour’s Green Transformation fund and taxing multinational corporations such as Amazon, Facebook and Google, and save the average person £30.30 a month.”

According to research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research, a full-fibre broadband network could boost productivity by £59 billion by 2025; bring half a million people back into the workforce; and boost rural economies, with an estimated 270,000 people more able to move to rural areas.

The party’s plans could result in 300 million fewer commuting trips, three billion fewer kilometres travelled by car, and 360,000 tonnes fewer carbon dioxide emissions.

Labour’s broadband policy is a common-sense low-carbon job creator.

Labour Green Industrial Revolution, By the Many

Labour are sensitive that there are differing needs and capacities in different regions.

“In recent years, the government has not done enough to properly map the region-specific implications of decarbonisation across the UK. That is why we want to hear from you about the risks and opportunities where you live, and what action you want to see from a future Labour government.”

Which is why the call for evidence asks for all to get involved.

“Whether you’re a business, trade union, civil society group, Labour Party member or just a member of the public – we want to hear your views. You can submit your response by completing the form below online. This consultation will remain open until December 31 2019, but please submit your response as soon as possible to help shape Labour’s thinking.”

Roll on the Green Industrial Revolution.

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