January 23rd, 2014

Is the Blank Sheet of Paper Half Full or Half Empty?

Fifteen months out from a general election campaign, Labour is holding a symposium on what they might do in Government.

The event to be held on Jan 28 is billed as a Policy Review Symposium entitled ‘Renewing the Economy and Reforming the State’.

Big job, that.

The invitation declares that the “Symposium will bring together council leaders, MPs, members of the Shadow Cabinet, policy makers, academics, and those working in the third sector, to address a number of inter-related questions.” 

These six groups will consider “… how shall we reconfigure the relationship between central and local government, social institutions and the market  in order to help generate innovation, growth and jobs in our regional economies?”

And then:

“How do we reorganise our public services around people, households and local places rather than administrative silos and institutional hierarchies?”

And third, “how do we shape this agenda into a compelling One Nation story, both to win the election in 2015 and to provide the groundwork for a radical reforming government?”

Led by Jon Cruddas the Coordinator of the Labour Policy Review, the symposium will spend an hour and ten minutes before lunch working on

“Reforming the state and rebuilding the UK economy.”

After lunch another hour and a bit will take care of

“Reconfiguring the state and reforming public services.”

Then after a cup of tea, session 3 will last for an hour and a half and consider;

“A new model of One Nation statecraft.”

Hilary Benn MP will say what One Nation statecraft is and how the new model of it will differ from the old model. Then there will be questions.

The most urgent one being – how can they possibly get this show on the road in time for a general election?


  1. 1
    SalfordTory says:

    Lastest fatty photo on the beeb. John Prescott or Eric Pickles? http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/72455000/jpg/_72455315_middle-age_fat-spl.jpg

  2. 2
    SalfordTory says:

    For the original article http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-25849628

  3. 3
    Lord Prescott says:

    With my sailors load.Half full of course.

  4. 4
    The Right Honourable George Osborne MP says:

    When I took this job, Britain was borrowing more than £400 million every single day to pay for government spending. But as a result of the painful cuts we’ve made, the deficit is down by a third and we’re borrowing nearly £3000 less for every one of you and for every family in the country.

  5. 5
    nell says:

    ++++Laugh++++ Labour renewing the economy?! After what they did the last time? There’s more chance of me winning the lottery!

    Think militwit’s blank sheet of paper is going to stay blank right up to the 2015 election.

  6. 6
    Universal Hiss says:

    More like half cocked.

    Oh,sorry.That’s a different story from another party.

  7. 7
    Ah! I remember says:

    I used to have a golliw0g money box like him. Turned the ear and a tongue came out

  8. 8
    Like Swiss chesse Liebour blank sheet of paper is full of holes says:

    Remember what the judge said about the Lisbon treaty referendum you promised you Liebour tossers, the blank sheet of paper should stay blank as you can only have dreams not reality, we have had your reality 13 years worth, the country can’t take anymore from you lot.

  9. 9
    Ah! I doubt your moniker says:


  10. 10
    Are you plenty wet? says:

    Labours blank sheet is hardly up to cleaning an icky sticky binny.

  11. 11
    The SUN says:

    Prescott Eats Pickles

  12. 12
    Jack the Ripper says:

    I’ve a suggestion : send the England cricket team in before lunch to reform the state and rebuild the UK economy. Send the Labour Party in to do the batting. Probably the best allocation of resources all round.

  13. 13
    Mark Wouters says:

    Sovietsalami63 Here,
    Its a criminal act to pay taxes to a government that are used to pay for wars, that are in contravebntion of the Nuremburg war crimes trials of 1946, and in contravention of the intrnational criminal court and the Geneva convention.
    All citizens of european and no-european countries have the Legal right to withhold taxes and not to pay taxes if those taxes aid and abbett war crimes ,crimes against the individual or crimes against other states.
    The united states and its allies are committing Crimes under the above terms and must be stopped,holding them to account and punishing them in Court is required.

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    And Nell,if they win the GE,the blank sheet of paper will be filled with poorly thought out ideas which,if implemented,will result in a worse mess-up of the country than their previous administration,plus a further massive influx of benefit claiming migrants.

  15. 15
    History Student from the Year 2914 says:

    It seems that if this blank sheet of paper was intended as a plan for a government led by Ed Miliband, then it was never used, as is shown by the following extract from an undated speech by Yvette Cooper:
    “The reason why we are faced with this situation is the decision by my *immediate predecessor as Prime Minister* Mr Cameron to adopt the Euro as the UK’s currency while accepting a 100-year moratorium on all UK influence on its management, in return for which we were required to accept the subordination of UK industrial interests to the necessity of propping up German, Dutch and French employment and trade interests. We presently pay for these interests out of the special tax on men which is levied at 30% of income for all male persons in the UK which we were also required to introduce.
    “The other countries have expressed a willingness to release us from these conditions if we comply with a European Court of Rights ruling requiring us to commute the sentence of burial alive imposed on Tony Blair for his crimes against humanity to one of two months’ imprisonment at a 5-star hotel. It is on this option that I am now required to decide…”
    (Emphasis mine)

  16. 16
    Mick Butcher says:

    Council staff and “third sector” wanktrumpets are part of the problem, not the solution. Labour still doesn’t get it.

  17. 17
    Blowing Donkey Whistles says:

    Fuk off you fuking retarded mongtard tw@.

    Do you have a job?

  18. 18
    soarergtl says:

    What, no-one at all from commerce or industry?

    The people who produce the wealth these incompetents want to ‘predistribute’.

    Not so much a symposium, more an echo chamber.

  19. 19
    John says:

    No businesses then?

  20. 20
    NBeale says:

    “Renewing the economy” but no-one from business is invited.
    Just about says it all.

  21. 21
    Old Blue Eyes says:

    Should that not read “rescrewing the economy”

  22. 22
    Old Blue Eyes says:

    I do not doubt that the prophet Danny Blanchflower will be lending his expertise to the occasion. It frightens the life out of me that this bunch of idiots may well be forming our next government.

  23. 23
    Old Blue Eyes says:

    As opposed to crimes against the English language.

  24. 24
    Cabbage says:

    That’s easy for you to say seeing as you don;t pay any tax ( as you told us yesterday you were on welfare and had no money or food). I’d suggest you would be better employed looking for a job so you can support yourself.

  25. 25
    The Critic says:

    I think Guido has misunderstood.

    Reforming the state and rebuilding the UK economy.”
    Reconfiguring the state and reforming public services
    A new model of One Nation statecraft

    1 and 2 are not up for discussion. Comrade Len will never permit it. Len’s powerbase is administrative silos and institutional hierarchies,he will not give them up.

    3 is a soundbyte which will deliver nothing but hot air.The concept must be narrow, as only Hilary Benn knows what it is. I am sure the whole country believes One Nation statecraft is the top priority issue ….not.

    What is the collective noun for a group of lefties? an overspend? a misrepresentation?

  26. 26
    Mark Wouters says:

    Where were you educated or not??? if you are able to do research you will find that the information ive pulished here is in fact accurate ???

  27. 27
    Mark Wouters says:

    Sovietsalami63 Here ,
    Lets go the Full hog and have rid of the British “German ” Monarchy???

  28. 28
    Blowing Donkey Whistles says:

    You have the temerity to ask about my education? Read your reply again you fuking retarded mong. It doesn’t even make sense.

    Why don’t you get a job and start paying taxes you fuking afterbirth.

  29. 29
    widescreen2010 says:

    So they are going to spend a day trying to work out how best to run the country.
    Well, jolly good.
    What the fuck else do they do with their time?

  30. 30
    Blowing Donkey Whistles says:


  31. 31
    Return to your constituencies says:

    A posture?

  32. 32

    Well, like the only thing coming out of meetings like this, are people.

  33. 33
    Bill d'Sarse says:

    Done my research. You are still talking sh*t.

  34. 34
    Bill d'Sarse says:

    The blank sheet of paper will have just two words printed on it. 16 pt and bold. The summary of the entire Labour Party’s collective wisdom and plan to win the next general election.
    . Blame Thatcher.

  35. 35
    Anonymous says:

    “Wrecking the economy and enlarging the State”

    Vote Labour!

  36. 36
    Cost-of-Labour-crisis says:

    A bunch of c*nts.

  37. 37
    David Cameron Is A Cunt says:

    Every single legal point you try to make is factually and legally totally incorrect.

    Go on, admit it, you made it all up for a laugh.

    Same it’s not funny then.

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