I realise that blogging about politics is always dangerous, but here goes.
This is promising news to me, as I have felt that, in the last decade and a half, the Labour party had been largely usurped by Blair and his friends. Back in the 1990’s, faced with the realisation that Labour policies were not going to get them into power, they abandoned them for policies that would get them in, but had nothing to do with Labour values. In doing so, they left traditional Labour supporters with no-one to represent them.
I don’t begrudge Tony his time at number 10 – his people won the election(s), so he got into power. What I have always objected to is that he did it in the name of Labour.
Will things change now? I really don’t know – I cheered in Tony, and look where that got me; within 5 years of his leadership, I had abandoned my support of the party in disgust. But I really do feel that if you truly believe in something, it is better to keep to your beliefs, no matter how unpopular they might be, and continue to fight in opposition; than to cynically adopt a popular position, simply to gain power. In doing so, you have prostituted yourself, and your opinion no longer counts.
I think that general principle applies no matter what your political views might be – Labour, Conservative, or even Lib-Dem. Even if your politics are totally different from my own; if you stick to what you genuinely believe, you have my respect.