“People have to be the priority” – 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, 2:10 pm
Updated Saturday, 8th February 2020, 3:30 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?”

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More than 300 readers took part in the online vote, and 81% said ‘yes’ quality of life and economic growth should be treated as equally important.

Here is what you had to say:

Scott Collin said: “Isn't quality of life linked with economic growth anyway?“If the countries economic growth is low, then folks quality of life will be low too; or am I missing something really obvious here?”

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.”

Other reader comments have said:

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

Ian Scott said: “Starmer is waffling on. Get the Labour Party on solid ground with realistic policies.

Then you can start talking about wellbeing.”