A nation to be proud of again
The past two years have shown we have a government that is not equal to the task. Our national conversation is toxic, angrier than I have ever known. Trust in politics is shrinking. We are now a country divided like never before: between “haves” and “have nots”; between North and South; and between Leavers and Remainers.
It needn’t have been so. The Government could have sought a Brexit to bind the nation. Instead, the Tories have turned into a narrow nationalist sectional party.
It is Labour's duty to engage intelligently with the Government on Brexit negotiations. But the Prime Minister must create the conditions for that engagement. And I fear her inflexibility and lack of imagination will mean she is unable to do so.
I raised these points in a keynote address yesterday to The Fabian Society, where I made the case for Labour to lead the country by turning our vision to rebuild Britain for the many, not the few into a programme that will deliver both within and beyond our traditional Labour base: a nation to be proud of again.
I concluded: "The country needs the leadership that only we can give. Let’s make sure we do not fail them."
You can read my speech in full here, or watch it by clicking on the picture above.