I was struck by the inordinate good sense in an article written by senior Labour MP, Jon Trickett, in The Guardian. Genuine Labour voices have been stilled and silent for too long, so Jon’s admission that ‘Labour lost touch with the mainsteam’, will strike a chord with many.
Lest we forget, Labour lost five million votes at the last election; although the party recovered some vital, lost ground in the last week or so by beginning to sound like the Labour Party again.
Here is Jon, who Ed Miliband has appointed as a Shadow Minister of State, in full flow in The Guardian.
He writes, “We need to re-connect with the mainstream, hard pressed millions who had come to doubt us. And we need to be fearless against the big battalions, however powerful they may be, to rebuild a society based on the British values of fairness and community”.
Perhaps Jon might like to accept an invitation to visit Tower Hamlets in the not so distant future, to see what we are doing to promote fairness and a sense of community in our borough.
We can learn from him, and he can learn from us.
To read Jon Trickett’s article in full, click here.