James Purnell is often seen as the 'coming man' of British politics - in some ways an unenviable position, as John Moore would no doubt testify. I rather like him as an individual (not that I have ever met him). He seems, well, rather normal for a politician. So it was with some degree of interest that I opened my copy of the New Statesman this evening to find a two page article by him which purported to show how Labour can get off the floor "because our ideas are right". Except it did nothing of the sort.
Far from being a clarion call to the left to revitalise themselves and freshen their policy platform, all it was was tired rehash of some good old Tory bashing. Indeed, sad git that I am, I counted no less than fourteen mentions of the word Conservative or Tories (used pejoratively, natch). It just shows how it is the Conservatives who are now setting the political agenda and making the political weather, leaving a very tired Labour Party trailing in its wake.