A fair picture, do you think? “They have learned nothing and forgotten nothing,” the bobbing Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord once observed of the dispossessed Bourbon monarchy of
Where in this drift-snatching competition ought the Labour Party to be seeded? Here are a few things which might assist in making up your mind. As Iain Gray himself said, at the last congregation of the red(ish) faithful:
“This conference is a milestone in the preparation of our manifesto for the 2011 Scottish election. I appointed Margaret Curran to enhance our policy forum process and ensure that our policies resonate with the people whose trust we seek to implement them.
Each Policy Commission will work with a sounding board of experts from beyond the Labour Party to develop the most effective practical and deliverable policies commensurate with our values and vision.”
As I pointed out at the time, and as the MSM singularly failed to report appropriately, in May of 2009, Curran got fed up of the samey repertoire of her policy organ and kicked the monkey. What happened after that? Where, the evidence of continuing political development? What sound of Labour’s labourers in the policy workyard might we lend a curious ear to? A hasty excursion to their digital citadel – and the optimistic banner entitled “What We Believe”, furnishes the curious with … er … not much. Four documents, entitled Economy and Environment, Health and Housing, Education and finally Crime and Justice repose within. Rather discouragingly, these reports – in Labour’s What We Believe section mind – warn the curious reader:
“DRAFT – This is a discussion paper only. The content of this document does not necessarily reflect Scottish Labour Party policy.”
Of course, you’d have to be ludicrously, unyieldingly tribal to see the fun in such a claim at the heart of an explication of Labour policy. Thankfully, I’m flexibly partisan myself, and thus can’t detect anything remotely mirthful about it. Others alas, lack my humble judicial insouciance... Interestingly, I notice that none of these have been updated since 03.03.09 – coinciding with Icepick Curran’s flight to “coalfaces” new. While there have been rumblings on the nature of the Slab policy on the Cooncil Tax, the full brick-and-mortar count of that policy is yet fully to emerge. So what of our starting drama, of lung-rotted money and silent organ? Who is making Labour’s policies for 2011 and what the dickens will they be?
In that context, anticipate as time progresses an increased media focus on the perceived or actual vacuities at the centre of the Labour Party in
Even the hint of a policy for we proles in the cheap seats might be nice, my Labouring loves. It’d show you still care.