Labour needs to go far deeper than a Cameron-type strategy of superficial repositioning. We must set out a national mission
The task for the Labour party is to do what we have always done when we have succeeded: to set out a clear national mission .
So our challenge now is to respond to people\’s desire for a bigger politics and shape a national mission that speaks to their lives.
No you ghastly little man.
Our lives are not defined by some adenoidal teenager bleating about national missions. We do not require, need or even want to have a direction laid out for us. We\’ll chart our own courses from the cradle to the grave on our own thank you, without the intervention of some jumped television journalist trying to force us all onto some chosen path.
You are a politician, one we hire to do the scut work of society. There are things that have to be done and which can only be done by government. Work out who is going to pick up the rubbish, organise a courts system, run the company and Land registries, and yes, raise the tax needed to pay for these with the minimum hissing from the geese being plucked.
We\’re free people in a free land and we do not need to be dragooned into marching off to some New Jerusalem hailed by Hosannas and \”Glory Be\”s. Whether those ritual praise songs are about King and Country, God, Equality or Gaia.
Yes, I know this is all more boring than leading a New Crusade. But let\’s face it, you\’ve already got the personality suited to that de minimis we rightly demand from our servants.