I found this quote in a piece on The Guardian website about David Milliband - heir-apparent to the New Labour leadership ;
"You can't stand for empowerment unless you are an egalitarian. That's the platform we then use to stand up for a strategic role of government, but also stand for decentralisation. We stand up for social mobility, and we see public service reform as critical to that, and welfare reform. We stand up for the diversity of Britain, but we know it has to be founded on strong rights and responsibilities. And, very importantly, although there's no point in pretending it's popular, you have to stand up for internationalism, and you have to stand up for the need to share power in Europe, to be influential in the world. That's basically my pitch."
???!!!??? - Meaningless and utter bollocks.
It's may only be a small example, but this sound-bite also sums up everything that is wrong with the Labour Party : Ozzing smugness and now so utterly divorced from its working class and socialist roots that it can only expresses itself in the bland corporate tones of a 'vision statement' - and a not very well written one at that.
In unintentional irony the Guardian positions the story next to a piece about a middle class Christian voluntary social worker who has chosen to live on an estate in Peckham and will stand against Harriet Harman in the next election as the Tory candidate. Maybe the guy is just a well intentioned eccentric with muddled ideas. But I can't help thinking that this kind of perverse thinking is made possible by the bankruptcy of ideas from Labour, the vacuum this has created, and the lack of a pole of attraction for anyone who wants radical change.
And you can be sure that Nick Griffin and the BNP are rubbing their hands every time they hear this kind of bullshit from the 'liberal elite'.