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Labour should have stayed true to it's values rather than carrying on with what Thatcher started.  The Party deserves to lose for trying to play to Middle Britain rather than seeking genuine social change - although that said there is plenty of good the Labour party has done during the last 3 terms but it could have picked it up and run with it, and shifted values and culture in Britain away from Thatcher's "there is no such thing as society".  It really could have.

I'm a Labour Party member, deeply annoyed at the direction the Party has taken but I am still an activist, still campaigning, still running my branch... I'm still trying to change my Party from within.

I say Labour deserves to lose because it should show the arrogant ones at the top that the direction they have taken the Party in is the wrong one. They have ignored their own members, in a terrible way. And reform is needed internally - Gordon Brown has been doing that actually, consulting on new structures and ways of engaging the members. Too little, too late.

Saying that Labour deserves to lose doesn't mean I want Labour to lose but how else is the Party going to revive itself and find it's values again?  The Conservatives will not be an improvement at all but maybe a good hard kick will force the Party to reform in the way it needs to.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 04:39:29 PM EST
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