jambalaya - Member
@ernie.....To move back left again would be fatal to their election chances as you are wrong about the British public being left of Labour.
You seem to think my claim that the British public is to the left of the Labour Party on some basic economic polices is based purely on my personal opinion, it isn't.
Numerous carefully conducted and highly credible polls of British public opinion has shown that there is strong support for the renationalisation of the the untilities and railways, policies well to the left of the today's Labour Party.
If you are claiming that I am wrong then you are claiming that respected independent polls are wrong, despite their findings being well beyond their margin of error.
Here's one :
Nationalise energy and rail companies, say public
The majority of the British public – including the majority of Conservative voters – support nationalising the energy and rail companies.
68% of the public say the energy companies should be run in the public sector, while only 21% say they should remain in private hands. 66% support nationalising the railway companies while 23% think they should be run privately.
As Northwind points out Labour doesn't adopt more left-wing policies simply because it doesn't need to. That's why it's so important not to vote Labour if you really want to see change.
Labour also lacks the guts to embrace more left-wing policies as it would create a hostile reaction from industrialists, the rich, the powerful, and the Tory dominated press.
Better for the self-serving New Labour politicians so epitomized by Tony Blair to repackage Tory policies and say "essentially we agree with Tory policies but would implement them in a slightly different way", in other words that they are better Tories than the Tories themselves.
The difference between Labour and the Tories is presentation, not ideology.
EDIT : Another reason for Labour not adopting economic policies which would enjoy wide public support is because they would invariably fall foul of EU rules, something which the Nats in Scotland choose to ignore.
Labour will not attack or criticize the EU (despite in its more left-wing past having an official party policy of withdrawal from the EEC) it considers that to be the domain of the Tories and UKIP, despite conservatives dominating the EU and therefore EU policies.