David Miliband, the former Labour Foreign Secretary, has warned that the Labour Party is further from power than it has been since the 1930s. Miliband’s criticism of Jeremy Corbyn, the current party leader, came after similar criticisms this week from senior Labour figures Alan Johnson and Neil Kinnock.
In an article published in the New Statesman, Miliband wrote:
“Ten years ago Labour in Britain defined the contours of political debate. We had won three elections on the trot and the Tories felt the need to dance to our tunes – from the minimum wage to tripling of overseas aid to gay rights to boosting the National Health Service. Now Labour sits a long way from power, even before boundary changes. The ultimate ignominy of not being able to organise our own party conference has been avoided, but we have not been further from power since the 1930s”.
Criticising the party’s policies Miliband added:
“The party has ended up pre-New Labour in policy and culture, when we need to be post-New Labour. This year’s leadership election has spent a lot of time debating how to “bring back” various lost icons, such as nationalised railways, rather than focusing on new ideas for the future”.