Agreeing with Jackie Ashley
I think I agree with Jackie Ashley's article today in the Guardian, summarised as "It's not a big idea but the old ideas that Brown needs now. More help for the poor is what we want to hear. The day this stops being a Labour issue is the day that the party is finished."
We do need new ideas - probably lots of small ones - to respond to the way society is changing.
But I don't think we lack a "big idea". The core vision of what a Labour Government should be about is adequately described in one sentence on the recruitment page of the Party website.
"Our goals are full employment; an end to child poverty; strong public services; and to continue tackling crime and anti-social behaviour."
What I'd like to see between now and the next election are one or two major policy initiatives on poverty - of a scale comparable to the Minimum Wage - that will be so obviously right that no Tory government would dare to undo them, that would make such a difference to the lives of the people affected that they won't even consider voting for another party, that will send our members out to knock on doors with a spring in their steps because the public know we are the good guys in politics, and that will mean that even if we lose the next election, in 50 years time people will still be remembering - like they do with Attlee's creation of the NHS - the good this government did.