I commented :The State cannot make jobs ,it can only redistribute opportunities at the risk of diminishing the total. Education, for example, has been a catastrophe by any reasonable international comparison. Untold billions have been wasted with the result that 70% of top graduates now want to be teachers! Who pays? Whose life chances were you thinking of ‘reducing ‘ then ? In ten years many people have seen an actual reduction in the standard of living after property payments and tax. Tax has gone up 80% (55% adjusted) but my salary and many others has increased little and intense competition from the EU
In ..‘challenging the Conservative’s to match their oft declared commitment to progressive ends with action’. ….I think you have a more fruitful area .This is the far outpost of the Conservative Party and therefore vulnerable. Cameron is sincere though , and if the country was not bankrupt ( Thanks for that) there would have been a Wisconsin style assault on the dependency Labour have encouraged. After ten years new jobs have gone to immigrants and public sector pen pushers. Multi generational poverty has been reinforced
The task of establishing the support of a wider coalition of voters not start with your core vote. If Brown was serious about wining the lection he would have talked about tax cuts .Brown sacrificed Labor’s hope for his own career ,and while you may be wooping at the thought of torturing working people for another couple of years this was a leap left which is the precise reverse of what was required .
. Labour have got a small 6% bounce but then the Liberals have relapsed by 4% leaving the Conservative Party on 41% after the Labour Conference. After the Conservative Conference we will be back as we were but even worse with Labour heading not only for defeat but for the end of Labour as we know it.
Refer Hopi Sen