In an article in the next issue of Progress, former Party appointed chair and minister Charles Clarke blasts Labour's lack of vision since former Party Leader and Prime Minister Tony Blair announced his intention to retire.
Since Blair’s pre-announced retirement in October 2004, inner-party politics has dominated attention and consequently Labour has wasted much of the first half of this parliament. With some exceptions, our action to make the necessary changes has been insufficient. And now it seems to me that Labour still remains very unclear about our approach, both in this parliament and the next.
Well, that's very helpful, Charles. What do you suggest by way of remedy? In conclusion, he wrote:
Both now and at the next general election, Labour in government needs to show its commitment to change in practice, and its readiness to promote discussion of the best ways to achieve that.
Wouldn't he be better employed joining Save the Labour Party's campaign to rebuild a mass membership, solvent, democratically-run party to work for Labour continuing in government?