Labour will be shut out of power for a generation if it succumbs to “a vapid form of leftism” that appeals only to its core supporters, one of the main authors of its manifesto for the 2010 general election has claimed.In a powerful critique of the party, Patrick Diamond warns that Labour is making a negligible impact on the major issues of the day and is pointing “in different directions simultaneously”.
Diamond, a former No10 adviser to Tony Blair who worked with Ed Miliband on Labour’s manifesto for the election, writes: “If Labour detaches itself from the complex and contradictory currents of popular sentiment, it risks drifting towards political irrelevance and repeated defeat.”
The intervention by Diamond, who worked as an adviser to Lord Mandelson when he was Northern Ireland secretary, echoes the views of some senior party figures who fear Miliband is struggling to make an impact.
Supporters of Blair, who are voicing criticism in private, believe Miliband deserves credit for highlighting the importance of tackling Britain’s fiscal deficit. But they believe the electorate will not listen to Labour unless Miliband and Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, are more honest about Labour’s high levels of spending between 2005-2010. Blair had a battle with Gordon Brown after the 2005 election over the need to rein in spending.