Those of us who want to open up this debate cannot be dismissed as “old Labour”, the right, or the ultra-left. Today, members of the democratic left launch a new network, Compass. Its aim is to provide a new direction for progressive politics and to initiate a debate about political renewal.
Labour will probably win a third term. Over a 12-year period, we should expect Britain to be transformed. We want to contribute to making it happen. But time is running is out.
Actually I really shouldn’t be cynical – I’ve moaned about the lack of real debate and thinking on the left and the critical assesment of New Labour from Compass is certainly a positive step in that direction.
If they can start talking in plain English there might be hope yet….