Value “wellbeing” – not wealth

Posted on: 18th September 2019

I strongly welcome Jo Swinson’s promise to put “Wellbeing” budgets at the heart of the annual Budget. We’re too obsessed with GDP and wealth.

I’ve long supported this policy. We should shout about it. Of course the Government should regularly assess how its actions affect happiness. Measuring just monetary value misses the point of life.

Open and kind

As Jo says, the next election will be a chance to decide what kind of country we want to be. “Insular closed and selfish or open, collaborative and kind.”

Do we want “the politics of fear, hate and division or respect, hope and inclusion”?

While the Tories are desperately trying to detoxify themselves with the latest splurge on the magic money tree, we know they don’t care about our NHS, schools or public services and favour the wealthy over the rest of us.

Reject the politics of fear

Brexit is a symptom of a Party which has been prepared to play the politics of fear and prejudice, but has let it get out of control.

It’s time to steer us back. And a budget to increase happiness for all would tip politics away from the entitled rich and give voice to those who deserve more hope and joy in their lives.