Here’s proof positive that New Labour should be consigned to history and its supporters told to shut up and ship out.
Take a look at the quoted line in bold print:
Out of seven main themes identified by researchers, hostility to “aspiration, success, and people who want to get on” ranked the lowest of all named concerns.
The finding is in stark contrast to the approach taken by practically all of Labour’s leadership contenders, who have put aspirational ideology at the centre of their campaigns.
The move by leadership candidates was partly in response to interventions by New Labour grandees soon after the election.
In reality the most significant concern raised by voters was that Labour would spend too much and couldn’t be trusted with the economy. This was named by 40 per cent of voters.
Close behind were concerns about the party’s attitude to welfare benefits and the potential influence of the SNP over Labour, which was named by 25 per cent and 24 per cent respectively.
What’s worse is the fact that the candidates listened to this advice and went banging on about aspiration.
Fortunately, some of them were in tune enough with what’s really going on to point out that claims of Labour overspending have been enormously overexaggerated.