He lays out his stall and reminds me why I am a classical liberal, not a centre left one (as he desscribes himself).
The condition of Britain demands not more individualism but greater collective identity and action. From Northern Rock and the credit crunch to the anxiety and insecurity of failing markets in housing, pensions and labour supply, the challenge of the modern democratic left is to devise the architecture that will enable democracy to flourish and the people to take back control of both the economy and the state. Our need to belong, to share, to cooperate, is an inextinguishable flame in all of us and it is the abiding purpose of the centre-left to modernise the form it takes.
Fashioning a new form of collectivism for the centre-left provides not just a practical programme for government but crucially a moral compass. It is the progressive belief that given the chance, the resources and space, people can take proper and full control of their lives. Ultimately the centre-left is driven by the belief that the accident of birth – whether good or bad – should not determine the quality of our lives. Instead we pool some of our liberty in an act of enlightened self-interest to ensure we all reach our full potential. Democracy is the means by which this cooperative deal is struck between us. But in making it we discover not just instrumental benefit but intrinsic satisfaction.
All that talk of democracy, of collective action. Smacks to me very much of the tyranny of the majority.
No, no thanks.