Hain yesterday, Murphy today. The same message from both of them, which I suppose at least displays a degree of unity, something for which the Labour Party hasn’t always been best-known.
Sadly, however, neither man’s message gets much beyond “Labour Good, Tories Bad”; any proposal coming from the Conservatives must be wrong and therefore should be opposed. There is no real attempt whatsoever to engage with, or even discuss, the substance or merits of the case.
In response to my post on Hain’s comments yesterday, Jeff Jones commented that this sort of approach “plays well with the core vote particularly if it is over 60 and still living in a world which stopped in 1979”. There’s a sense in which that is the most hopeful aspect – they’re playing to a demographic which will inevitably decline over the years.