Learning the lessons from the local elections
Ann Black sent round an e-mail to Labour Party members with five questions which she will feed back at Labour's next National Executive meeting. It's a discussion which I hope as many members as possible will contribute to, but also might be of interest to Labour supporters who aren't members. So here's the questions and my answers - do reply to Ann's e-mail or leave your own thoughts in the comments and I'll pass them on:
> 1) reasons for Labour losses, both local and European, and
> reasons for any good results against the overall trend;
Obviously, an example of how to do this is Oxford. "Where we work, we win".
> 2) what the party leadership can do to rebuild towards the
> general election, organisationally and politically;
> 3) how members’ views can be taken into account in policy-
> making. The national policy forum “Warwick” agreement dates
> back to last July, before the recession, and needs reviewing, but
> time and resources do not allow another full-scale forum with
> thousands of direct amendments. Are members and local parties
> happy to work through their NPF representatives, and if not, what
> is the alternative within the Partnership in Power framework?
But in the short term, there are any number of obvious policies which a majority of members would support which the government could just get on and do, e.g. :
- build council houses
- scrap ID cards
- reduce child poverty
- not privatise the post office
- cut taxes for lower earners and raise them for the rich
> 4) what policies represent “Labour values”?
> 5) whether conference should return to resolutions or stay with
> the experiment on “contemporary issues” introduced in 2007;