This is one for unspeak Steven, a review by David Miliband of Anthony “Gaddafi is the new Gro Harlem Bruntland” Giddens’ latest waste of trees. It contains a list of things Miliband thinks a Labour government should be doing.
A Labour government should be making nurses and cops feel like entrepreneurs. It should be rescuing the idea of a knowledge based economy. It should be promoting strong community self-government. It should be giving young people a sense of commitment to the country. It should be promoting real engagement with citizens. It should be dissolving the barriers between producers and consumers in public services.
Political success is based on real insight, compelling vision, clear policies, effective administration and distinctive strategy. The clear vision needs to be governed by the commitment to put power as well as wealth and opportunity into the hands of the many (not the few). Towns and cities should be the drivers of national renewal. People should be given more flexibility at work. This all raises profound questions about policy.
The driving ethos of the 21st century is the phrase I can. It empowers people to take decisions by themselves, and with others. This is the basis for a new progressive project.
I long for the days when party messages were just propaganda. Now they sound like manifestos from borderline psychotics, where words pile up according to a rigid internal logic but without reference to any real world objects. Anyway, enough negativism from me: I’m going to saddle up and ride out to the rescue of the idea of the knowledge based economy.