The Guardian this morning carries contrasting pieces by James Purnell, a corrupt former minister, and John Cruddas, another corrupt Labour MP and unreconstructed Socialist.
At a time when the most recent ComRes poll puts Labour at 23% against the LibDems's 22%, both Purnell and Cruddas agree on many things; both love the Leviathan of the central State, both support its interference in our economic, social, intellectual and political lives, both believe in equality of result, a forced equality of wealth, status or class, and both believe that its fine to restrict or curtail personal freedoms for the sake of Socialist ideology. Unfortunately for them both, the British public no longer believes in any of these things. Like dogs fighting over bones bare of meat, they've lost touch completely with the national zeitgeist.
As the Labour Party continues its inexorable march towards becoming a regional rump party of the North East and North West, the truth continues to elude the Purnells and Crudasses of their world - that the Labour Party doesn't have a monopoly on social concern, that all political parties are frustrated and angry at the scale of want, ignorance, disease, squalor and idleness. The country has seen Labour's solutions over the past twelve years; they have cost us a trillion in money and we have gone backwards. People aren't stupid. If either Purnell or Cruddas think they'll vote for more of the same, they are more deluded than I imagined it possible to be.