Labour pains

Sapiens and Simplex are discussing the future of their party:

Sapiens: We need to make ourselves popular again…

Simplex:…but not adopt vote-winning policies.

Sap: We need to listen to the electorate…

Sim:…but not simply pander to what people want.

Sap: We need to be aspirational…

Sim:…but not raise people’s expectations too much.

Sap: We need to set out clear values…

Sim:…but not principles which seem too pure.

Sap: We need to become a mass party…

Sim:…but not attract too many people we might disagree with.

Sap: We need to show our economic competence…

Sim:…but not by proposing alternatives to austerity.

Sap: We need to expect the better-off to contribute more…

Sim:…but not be seen as ‘unfriendly’ to business.

Sap: We need to think the unthinkable…

Sim:…but not challenge received thinking.

Sap: We need to be radical…

Sim:…but not too different.

Sap: We need to win next time…

Sim:…but not by proposing much change.

Labour leadership

Simplex and Sapiens have also dicussed:

Education policy (Sep 2014) and the economic impact of exam results (Dec 2014)

About Eddie Playfair

Principal of Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) East London. Blogging about education, politics and culture in a personal capacity. I also tweet at @eddieplayfair
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3 Responses to Labour pains

  1. dancingprincesses says:

    Fun analysis Eddie, but how would you vote now? Jeremy Corbyn? I’m considering rejoining Labour so can vote (left after Iraq, having been a member for many years, & Labour was the party of my parents and more importantly grandparents – miners in Wales).

  2. We need a leader who offers a positive alternative, can work with all sections of the party and win new support. Jeremy Corbyn can do that.

  3. It sounds like a calm rational Socratic dialogue, rather different from the excited enthusiastic noisy real thing – a glimpse of one such is attached! Jackie

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