Labour’s failure to offer a credible economic alternative to the Tories is going hurt them in next year’s election, according to Charles Clarke. The former Labour Education and Home Secretary proved to be a ray of sunshine on the Daily Politics today, arguing that Ed Miliband has failed to explain to voters why the Labour’s alternative plan for the economy is the right one.
When asked whether the Conservatives’ strategy is cogent, Clarke said:
‘It’s very cogent. I don’t think it’s true, myself, as a matter of fact. I think Labour has a much better story to tell about the last government and the economy than is widely believed. But I think, as you put it, you’re completely correct. The Conservatives have put this story across. It is widely believed in the country and Labour has not yet been able to contest it effectively.”
Clarke also said that Labour has placed too much faith in the coalition’s economic plan failing, instead of producing an alternative:
‘I think we needed a much stronger narrative about what we did right and what we did wrong in government. We did many things right economically, and some things wrong. And we didn't really do that. We haven't been prepared to admit the mistakes that we made.
'And then we have rested a great deal on assuming that the Conservative strategy wouldn't succeed, that 'plan A', so-called, would not work and that has proved to be an unwise judgment because in fact, the Conservatives have succeeded in getting the economy onto a more positive path which leaves us very little place to be now in these current circumstances.