Some Labour-supporting blogs are advising a decisive shift to the left in order to shore up our core support. This would be electoral suicide. To pursue this path would be to admit that Labour’s natural place is in opposition.
Here’s my philosophy on opposition: it’s rubbish. New Labour is not a PR strategy, it’s a political philosophy, one that has delivered more success – in delivery and in electoral success – than at any other point in Labour’s history. It’s based on the premise that governments should, in fact, govern for the whole nation, and not just those who voted for them, and far less just their core electors.
Most of those calling for a left wing realignment are the same people who have always been calling for a left wing realignment. Our response to them should be the same as it has always been: we will not abandon the coalition that brought us to power in 1997, even if, for the time being, much of that coalition has abandoned us.