I was asked to write a response to the ‘Purple Papers’, published by the ‘New Labour’ pressure group, Progress. The Papers aim to start a debate within the Labour party about what decisions a Labour government would take on the big challenges of the day, if the party won the next election. We try to engage with all political parties so I was happy to write a response which you can find here: http://bit.ly/TMMhs5.
My argument is that both Left and Right take a narrow view of what government can do, based on spending decisions, and that both sides of the political divide need to take a broader view of the country’s resources and how government can help to develop them. Nowhere is this more clear than in social care, where the state’s contribution is tiny compared to the contributions of individuals themselves, families and communities.