Former New Labour
Chairman general secretary : Labour mustn’t think it can differentiate itself from the Tories
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Peter Watt was General secretary of the Labour party under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. His recent article at Labour Uncut is pretty revealing about the philosophy of the labour leadership in those years. Looking to the future, he delivers the following warning:
“We must, at all costs, avoid deluding ourselves that we can differentiate ourselves from the Tories. “
Nope this isn’t a typo. He goes on to rehearse the usual, unoriginal line that we can’t just appeal to Guardianistas or Mirror readers. Well of course it can’t. But is it “deluded” to think that labour can even “differentiate” itself from the Tories. If so, you have wonder what point there is in running for office – other than acquire some ministerial limos for our leadership. If Labour can’t “differentiate” itself from the Tories, why on earth should those of us who actually want to change society care who gets in.
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