You can already see the priorities of the new leadership. Social liberalism, it seems, has been shunted to the back burner and replaced with working-class bread and butter economic issues. Clearly, it is going after the traditional Labour constituency that Clark lost to National.
Someone forgot to tell Lianne Dalziel, who wrote on Red Alert yesterday about her excitement at the idea of a new Commission for Social Inclusion (I am not making this up!):
here are some themes that emerged for me…a new form of engagement with citizens; consultation replaced with active listening; consensus building; seeking solutions from those directly involved, not restatement of the problem; collection of data (independent analysis undertaken); world-wide network of researchers and policy makers informing thinking; recommendations based on evidence-based research; plans developed & costed; accountability for delivery; ongoing monitoring, auditing and evaulation…and this all leads to joined up solutions that are effective.
Finally! Joined up effective solutions to – I’m sorry, what was the problem? I think it was Ramsey McDonald who said he became a democratic socialist after he realised that the workers didn’t want a revolution, they just wanted a decent salary and a good life for their kids. You know what would be truly revolutionary? If Labour MPs realised that workers want hundreds of pointless taxpayer funded commissions even less than they want a permanent revolution.