The Tories have said they are the heirs to Tony Blair and that the deputy leadership contest shows a lurch to the left. We will decide how we take the country forward by listening to the people of Britain and responding on the basis of Labour’s values - not in response to the latest political tactics from the Tories. We would be mad to let the Tories shape our agenda. And the centre ground is not a fixed place. Thatcher moved it to the right and we have moved it to the left. I think we should be radical and at the same time realistic. And radical realism will help us take Britain forward to face the new challenges that face our country. Most people are not interested in political labels. they want a strong economy and a fair and peaceful society with good public services. That is not clinging to the centre ground, nor a lurch to the left - it’s just progress to the future.
Wow. Profound stuiff, eh?!