Harriett Harman thinks ‘We cannot simply say to the public you were wrong at the election’. Why not? They elected the Conservatives, goddamn-it! You would think that much would be obvious to the leader of the party that lost. But no, if the voters endorsed the Tory programme Harman thinks Labour must respect that, starting with the £12bn the Tories want to carve out of the welfare budget to redistribute in lower business and inheritance taxes.
She is right, of course, that Labour can’t go on in the same old way as if nothing had happened at the polls. But political muddle and opportunism thinly disguised as humility isn’t the way to do it. Politicians worth their salt change the way people think. For that, Labour needs to change the way the party thinks.