"David Cameron says this society is broken; even Boris Johnson says this is piffle. Barack Obama has not argued that American society is broken because his is the politics of hope. He has re-engaged America not talked it down,"said David Lammy MP today at a Fabian conference in London.
"Most people remember what a broken society feels like: I was there in the 1980s," he said. In Britain today more and more children were going to better schools and the NHS had been reformed to get rid of those long waiting lists."
People had ambitions - but "those concerns and ambitions do not add up to a broken society; that's about hope not pessimism", he told the America Votes, Europe Responds conference.