'At our best when at our boldest' - the words of one T Blair to Labour's annual conference in 2002. Labour is - despite the cynics who argue otherwise - a centre-left party, not a centre-right one. It's centre-left credentials since 1997 have been impressive: the introduction of the minimum wage, the abolition of the assisted places scheme and the hereditary principle in the Lords, huge investment in public services, debt cancellation for the poorest countries, civil partnerships etc, etc. The problem is that many of its most radical and socially progressive initiatives were carried out during its first term. Since 2001 Labour has been, on the whole, competent but not radical, managerial but not inspirational.
So what might a 'bolder' agenda look like? How about the following as a start:
1. Create a 'People's Bank' in every High St and village and call it ... The Post Office.
2. Abolish hospital car parking charges in England.
3. Lower the voting age to 16
4. Give all cancer patients access to the drugs they need (regardless of where they live)
5. Create 0-14 schools and 14-19 colleges and end the needless transition at age 11