21 Feb

Mike Sivier's blog

streetsignThe Labour Party’s Shadow Defence Secretary, Jim Murphy, has proposed that local authorities consider naming streets after deceased members of the armed forces, who died on active service.

Together with Hilary Benn, the Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, he said this would offer a lasting commemoration, showing the value we place on those who have served and been lost.

It’s a good idea, as far as it goes, and shows that Labour is following through on its ‘One Nation’ promise – here bringing us together through patriotism.

Why not take it one step further?

How about encouraging local authorities to name new streets – or rename current streets – for people who have died after the Department for Work and Pensions declared them fit for work (on the advice of Atos assessors)?

The street signs could feature an explanatory statement, showing how the named person died, what their illness…

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