I don’t want to suggest he was being disloyal. It was a speech about the lessons to be learnt from the US presidential elections and Lammy’s intention, I’m sure, was to promote a debate about the way Labour should change, not to deliver any coded criticism of the prime minister. But his message, or at least one of them, was that “the political messages and methods of the 1990s are beginning to look very tired and dated”, and time and time again he made points that it would be impossible to imagine Brown saying, or even supporting.
It could be said that our local politicians are struggling to learn those already out-dated messages and methods in a less than accountable administration.. and there’s another important point made in Lammy’s speech.
Any organisation that is too homogeneous makes poor decisions: because it has a narrow field of experience, knowledge and perspectives to draw upon. Thats why we have multi-disciplinary teams in all walks of life: from the NHS to NASA. Its why businesses look to bring in people who think differently and draw on different ideas. And the same applies to our politics. We need people who have different experience to bring to bear on problems.