Neil Clark writes:
If we really did have a Socialist government in Britain here's some of the things they'd be doing:
* Renationalising public transport, the energy companies, utilities and Britain's infrastructure.
* Reintroducing a staunchly progressive income tax system.
* Abolishing VAT on fuel altogether.
* Abolishing prescription charges in England.
* Reintroducing free dental care on the NHS.
* Pulling Britain out of the EU, NATO, and the World Trade Organisation.
* Pulling British troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan (funny isn't it, that despite the billions of pounds of public money this would save, the opposition Conservatives, who are calling for government cuts, never even mention this particular economy?)
* Introducing free personal care for the elderly.
* Re-establishing the link between pensions and average earnings, not in 2012 as the government has promised, but now.
* Establishing the very important principle that not a penny of taxpayers money should be given to a private company without the taxpayer acquiring equity in that company.
* Making all 'short-selling' illegal- not just of bank shares.
* Closing the loopholes which mean that billionaires whose money is largely made in Britain, pay little, or no tax whatsoever.
When we do get a government doing all or most of those things, then I think we can accurately call it 'socialist'.