Currently there are no ideas, just changes to the colour of the icing on the cake. Clegg is a Cameron clone and Cameron is a Blair clone and on current 'performance' it would seem that any interchanging between the two major parties would only mean New Labour becomes Blue Labour - better but not good enough. I can understand the hanging on the sidelines whilst Brown gets a good kick-in - my God he deserves it - but the Conservatives need to do a lot more to be convincing, especially if they wish to attract the crucial 'swing to the right'...not the most appropriate phrase for today's UK politics but you know what I mean! More from AM:
"Victory went to the winner in the battle of ideas... [in the 1945, 1979 and 1997 General Elections] ...a body of new ideas replaced the prevailing orthodoxy. Today politics is struggling to come to terms with even greater changes: more assertive citizens, more diverse societies and more globalised economies. Together they call for new ideas, particularly a new relationship between the state and the citizen. As yet that call goes unheeded."
How I agree with Arlene from Liverpool as she comments "Fine words, Alan Milburn. You even sound as if you mean them. However, I do wonder if your piece is a placatory measure - a Trojan Horse. Time will tell, I guess. I hope that all readers will remain objective and suitably wary in the coming months and years." Objective indeed and very wary, especially of those that appear to have been poacher turned gamekeeper and now poacher once more.
"The modern state should not just enable. It should empower so that more people can realise their own individual aspirations to progress. The right wrongly rejects the state. The trick is to transform it so that the state controls less and empowers more. It is time to complete the post-war journey - from Attleeism through Thatcherism to Blairism – from the state being in charge to the state empowering the citizen to be in charge – from 'they control' to 'we control".