Martin Bright

My Thoughts on Labour’s Predicament for Demos

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I have written an essay for a Demos pamphlet called What Next for Labour? In it I have compared two campaigns, John Prescott's Go Fourth and my own New Deal of the Mind. I recommend you look at the whole collection of essays but my argument is pretty simple. I suggest the Labour Party needs to rediscover its verve for campaigning.  In the European Elections there was no real evidence of Labour activist. It has much to learn from Prescott's movement, which has been surprisingly successful. Following from the reserach we have been doing at NDotM, I also recommend that the party concentrate on the coming crisis in unemployment. As James Forsyth points out this morning on Coffee House, even if there are signs of recovery by the end of the year, this will mean nothing if unemployment is still rising.