“The devil will be in the detail” – Readers comment on latest statement made by Labour leadership contender Sir Keir Starmer

A majority of readers say that quality of life and economic growth is of equal importance but challenge the Labour Party’s ability to follow through on their promises.

Friday, 7th February 2020, 2:07 pm
Updated Friday, 7th February 2020, 2:07 pm
Readers comment on latest statement made by Labour leadership contender Sir Keir Starmer. Picture: Pixabay

Labour leadership contender Sir Keir Starmer has said promoting "national wellbeing" should be just as high a priority as delivering economic growth.

He has pledged to develop a set of "wellbeing indictators" for the next Labour government, if he is chosen as the party's leader.

We asked in out Facebook poll: “Do you think quality of life and economic growth should be treated as equally important?”

More than 100 readers took part in the online vote, and 81% of you said ‘yes’ quality of life and economic growth should be treated as equally important.

Here is what readers had to say:

John Talbot said: “Great headline. But the issue is who defines what national well-being means. The devil will be in the detail.”

Darren Barrass said: “Classic Labour-esque State Control and intrusion, not dissimilar to something you’d find in China or an episode of Black Mirror.”

Graeme Collinson said: “The damage Corbyn and Abbott have done to the Labour Party mean it's going to be a long long time before anyone starts to take them seriously again.”

Thomas Patrick Joseph Cook said: “What’s the point in a market economy if it doesn’t serve to make people’s lives better?

“People have to be the priority: the ‘end’ if you like, with the economy serving as the ‘means’ to it.”