The Fabian Society has asked a few Labour MPs what they would propose to Ed Miliband for insertion into the party's next election manifesto. Here are the thoughts of Frank Field:
1. England - according to Field the next manifesto must have something to say on the so called 'English' question. He suggests that once again Labour must again lead the devolution debate – but for England this time (he warns that it would be very dangerous if the Tories were to be seen as the party of England).
2. Immigration - Field argues that we cannot survive with the present rate of change and calls on Labour to lead the debate on how to slow down the movement from Eastern into Western Europe.
3. Family - Labour must commit to eliminating from the benefit system the huge unintended discrimination against couple households. He says that the 'mega rise' in young single parents started after Thatcher's destruction of male manufacturing jobs. He suggests that young males in particular should be given serious training options instead of the all too mundane ones presently on offer.
What do you think? Is Frank right? Is this political cross-dressing gone mad? Could not each of these points just as likely appear in a Tory manifesto?
Or is the reality that Field is correct and that all three are political 'nettles' that will have to grasped sooner or later?