- Fri Apr 05, 2013 9:54 am
Well, no doubt the Tories will revisit the "debate" on the welfare state quite a few more times before May 2015. It's part of the "people who want to work hard and get on" "in" group they've invented and seem to want everyone to be in - only qualification being to agree to sign on for shirker-bashing - and vote for.
But Labour don't need to join in. At least not yet, two years out from the election. If and when it does, I'd suggest it picks its own time, and its own terms. And there is a very good case to be made for those terms being that Labour invented the welfare state (including the NHS), one of the most civilising initiatives ever taken by any political movement anywhere, and that it is something to be immensely proud of. It needs to point out, and drive the message home, that the Tories want to get rid of it all, have started but not yet completed the job, and that Labour needs to stop that from happening in a second Tory term.
"The opportunity to serve our country. That is all we ask." John Smith, Leader of the Labour Party, 10 May 1994.