There Are Rays of Hope for Labour

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There Are Rays of Hope for Labour


MATTHEW D'ANCONA claims that in their shared belief that the financial crisis has rehabilitated strong government, the Labour leadership candidates are at odds with history. Those who tell us how history ends are often surprised by events. At any rate, the candidates may take solace in the public sharing their view.

Polling published yesterday shows 57 per cent of voters fear cuts will go too far compared with 40 per cent who worry more about the deficit; 65 per cent think growth depends most on government encouraging new industries, while 30 per cent think less regulation would help more.

And if d'Ancona finds "bitterness" in the Miliband v Miliband debates, he must be watching a different contest from the rest of us. One doesn't hear alpha male politicians talking about "love" very often, but it would take a hard-boiled cynic to doubt they are genuine.

Sunder Katwala, Fabian Society.

I MET David Miliband at a pre-election reception. Then as now he enlarged on the role he thought the party should play in "progressive politics". But I see no sign of any progression.

The talk is always about taxing the people we can demonise and spending on the hallowed poor. But things aren't as simple as that. Must we forever pay larger sums to support bureaucracy? Are we going to fight a war on terror with no end? Up to half of all crimes are now drug-related or induced, but where is the shift in drugs policy? …

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