Like a lot of other Labour people I’ve seen sharing this video about on the internet I was impressed with the passion and conviction that Gordon shows in making the case for Labour’s record and ambitions on social justice.
Michael White on the Guardian’s election podcast wonders what would have happened had Brown been making speeches like this across the campaign.
But, I’m well aware that this isn’t a speech that’s couched in the tones of the centre ground of British politics. It speaks to me and my fellow activists because it mirrors why many of us joined the Labour Party in the first place.
The problem is that elections aren’t won by talking to people like me who are already committed, they’re won by drawing together a coalition, a big tent if you will. Its one of the reasons why the Tories 2005 campaign didn’t breakout beyond their core vote – we weren’t thinking what they were thinking.
For the last 3 elections we in the Labour Party were lucky that we had someone who could articulate his principles, and those of our party, in ways that resonated with a large swathe of the voters. Gordon’s problem is that despite sharing many of the same political convictions as Blair he doesn’t find it easy to communicate those views in a language that chimes with middle Britain.
So, much as I admire yesterday’s speech, and wish Gordon and other cabinet members done more of that sort of thing over the last couple of years, I understand why he hasn”t.
That said, if you’re of the left, but worried that Labour hasn’t held onto our values then do watch this speech before deciding where to put your vote on Thursday.