On Sunday evening I attended the Fabian hustings for the Labour leadership candidates. It was a unique occasion since, in addition to Gordon Brown, on the platform was John McDonnell and Michael Meacher, who had yet to decide between themselves which one would stand against Brown. Yesterday, Michael Meacher stood aside.
It was an ideal opportunity for Gordon Brown to lay out a vision for the country and he did so. It also highlighted that he seems to be alone in genuinely talking about values: others are confusing policies (old or new) with Labour values.
It is important when talking about policies that we talk first about our progressive values, about what motivates us, about the kind of society we want to see. A quick survey of the declared deputy leadership candidate campaign websites reveals little evidence of this approach.