Political labelling - left and right - is as exciting as watching a rally at Wimbledon, with the risk of being a pain in the neck.
Make what you will of the Times piece today "Do not look left, orders Brown...", following last night's hustings in Leicester. [GB] wants candidates to avoid “hostages to fortune” by making comments that are out of line with government policy, so allowing the Tories to make accusations of splits in the leadership.
The underlying problem with that statement is that too much current government policy has been made up on the hoof by unelected aides and not subject to the rigour of open and informed debate either in government, or the party, whether in parliament or the country as a whole.
Relief is at hand for those fearing more of the same post-TB in a piece I missed in the Guardian yesterday by Jackie Ashley, "Glimpses of the real Gordon.." In his first post declaration as Leader-elect interview, she reports: "He says he wants "more vigorous debate" right across the country, and yes, in the cabinet, too, which "has got to be a body able to discuss, debate and decide on important issues, but by collective discussion"."
It would be tempting to say the Tories are welcome to Blair's health and education policies. But let's await the outcome of collective discussion.