Inside the latest edition of Tribune, the Comment column focusses on the future of the Party and three tests for Gordon Brown. One is the forthcoming appointment of a replacement for Peter Watt as General Secretary. I shall be writing about this after this weekend's Spring Conference. But I'm worried that Tribune has retreated into a trade-union sponsored comfort zone. That is not the future of the Labour Party.
I appreciate some people will misinterpret this as an attack on the TU link. It is no such thing. It reflects a balanced assessment about the Party's current state and future options.
As the work of the LabOUR Commission hightlights, there has to be a fundamental change in the relationship between the leadership and members, whether individuals and affiliates. A money-savvy long-standing Labour Party member is more likely to be able to achieve that than a long-standing trade union fixer, as outlined here.