'I think we have got a very powerful underlying social policy, which is summed up in one word: equality'
Jack Straw on the world this weekend this lunchtime. (Listen here, 11 minutes and 20 seconds in).
Useful to have it on the tin.
Not nearly as difficult as some once feared either.
And, since Straw is as New Labour as they come, can we all please agree that this is no "lurch to the left".
Straw went on to say: 'If you look at our record over the last dozen years, and look at what we are going to do for the future, you will see for example, as the OECD said in a major study they published, got too little coverage October, that we have moved further and faster to reduce the gap between rich and poor between 2000 and 2005, which is the period they were measuring, than any other country. We are carrying that on'.