Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Luke Akehurst draws the wrong conclusions

Luke Akehurst is concluding that Ken's electoral failure in London is due to a failure to appeal outside Zone 1, a failure to triangulate and appeal to a broader audience. I think this is the wrong lesson to learn.

If we compare the mayoral elections to the local elections, I think we can draw the opposite conclusion. A national Labour party that has triangulated heavily was completely crushed, a London mayor with a clear position to the left of the national party was narrowly defeated.

The lesson to learn, in my view is that triangulation has it's limits. Any attempt to move further into the centre will give diminishing returns. Our core voters feel largely neglected and what's needed is that we send a clear message that Labour has not abandoned it's values.

1 comment:

Luke Akehurst said...

Triangulation knows no limits. If we want to win the next election we need to dump all old-fashioned Labour policies and triangulate where the electorate wants to see us - somewhere between the Tories and the BNP. After all, what's the point of having policies if you can't get elected and put them into practice?