'Ban Ads to Under-Twelves,' UK Parliamentarians Demand

21 September 2006

LONDON: An influential alliance of leftist members of the UK parliament, the Compass Group, claims the Blair administration is failing to address "a social recession" - a syndrome they allege to be as alarming as its economic counterpart.

In particular, Compass homes-in on advertising aimed at children as well as the education system's narrow focus on preparing the young for the jobs market.

Declares group chairman Jon Trickett: "The time is ripe to pay more attention to the social justice agenda that initially lay at the root of New Labour."

To address this agenda, Compass has published The Good Society, a manifesto that proposes a ban on advertising to children under twelve. It also moots tax measures worth £64 billion ($120.5bn; €95.01bn) in order to eradicate child poverty.

Also on the group's wish list is an amnesty for illegal immigrants; greater public housing in areas of immigrant concentration; a foreign policy that favours Europe rather than the US; greater spending on mental health and primary healthcare, and 'green' taxes on aviation fuel.

Data sourced from MediaGuardian.co.uk; additional content by WARC staff