From the guardian. I'd be interested in your thoughts?
'Jon Cruddas, the Labour MP who was in charge of policy under Ed Miliband, gave a speech on the state of the Labour party last night. It was remarkably blunt and challenging, and flatly contradicted Jeremy Corbyn’s ideas on a number of issue. Here’s an extract, but do read the whole thing.
Labour is now overwhelmingly a party of the socially liberal and progressively minded. They express Labour values that tend to be universalist principles such as equality, sustainability and social justice.
The party is losing connection with two thirds of the electorate who are either pragmatic in their voting habits or who are social conservatives and who value work, family, and their country. The idea that Labour can recover its lost voters by winning non-voters has no grounding in English political realities. To win Labour has to take them from the Conservatives.
Labour is dangerously out of touch with the electorate. It stands on the brink of becoming irrelevant to the majority of working people in the country. It must renew its essential character in the eyes of the great majority of the people. Not in isolation from them.