Sunday, May 04, 2008
Ray of Hope for Labour?
So what of us in the Labour Party? Should we give up the ghost and accept we're done for? Taylor suggests this is the surest way for 'a slump to turn into a rout'; the Major experience suggests he's right. Instead, he says if he were still in Number 10 workihng on political strategy for the PM, he'd advise a big interview in which:
he should announce that he will dedicate his efforts to delivering a very short list of very important outcomes by the spring of 2010.
This list should comprise:
1. Family prosperity and economic stability;
2. Reducing poverty;
3 and 4 Improvements in key public service indicators.
Maybe this would not work- the rot may have set in too far, but at least it would be positive, would be in line with Brown's oft stated goals, and would appear decisive, optimistic and allow Labour to 'define the battlefield'.
It is a strategy which requires clarity, risk-taking, consistency and discipline. Not so far characteristics that have been overly in evidence. But it is in adversity that we really learn what our leaders are made of.