Friday, 5 June 2009

'Together we can achieve anything'

Gordon Brown is keeping in regular contact with Labour party members, sending his latest email tonight.


Dear Sunder,

The elections yesterday were a painful defeat for Labour. Too many good people doing so much good for their communities and constituencies have lost through no fault of their own and I want to thank them for their public service as well as congratulate all those who’ve won elections – and all those who have campaigned tirelessly to support them.

Since the global economic crisis first hit Britain, I never doubted how difficult it would be. Not just for our party but more importantly for our country. It’s indeed a testing time. An economic crisis and now a parliamentary crisis for MPs is a test of everyone’s resilience. Mine, the government’s and the country’s. It demands that we continue making the very difficult decisions but also it requires deep reserves of strength when things are difficult.

The task in front of us is clear. First to clean up politics, secondly to push forward with our economic recovery and third to ensure the best opportunities for people through reformed public services that are tailored and far more responsive to people’s needs. The lesson that we have learned this week is that we must push ahead further and faster on all these three fronts. And to do this I have reshaped the Cabinet and will reshape and streamline how we deliver our policies for the country.

We can only build Britain’s future if we have not only a strong economy but good public services that can meet the challenges of the future. So the third leg of our strategy for building Britain’s future is the next stage of reform in public services, a reform driven by one central principle, that a fair society is one in which everyone and not just the privileged have a fair chance to succeed.

I believe in never walking away from people in difficult times, this is what I stand for. I have the determination to take this country through the most difficult of economic times and this is what I’m doing. I know where I and my Cabinet team want to take this country, and I know what we as a nation have it within ourselves to achieve.

You can see a short note that outlines this new talented, committed Cabinet here

I’m certain of what is at stake, not just for Labour but for Britain. Yes it was a tough night but we fight on for what we believe. I will not waver, I will not walk away, I will get on with the job and I will finish the work.

Thank you for supporting Labour. Together we can achieve anything.




Zio Bastone said...

Doesn't (re)publishing this sort of baloney put a question mark over your own earlier disavowals of the top down style of doing things?

Sunder Katwala said...


Thanks. I can see the point you make but I don't myself think that it does do that.

The intention is informational. I don't publish on Next Left every email received from the Labour Party, or from other campaigning groups either.(The party General Secretary sent a similar email).

The two Gordon Brown emails sent out during the crisis seemed to me interesting documents for that reason. This is how the leadership is communicating with party members; it is how the Prime Minister wishes to frame the issues with his own supporters.

And while they have no doubt been sent to around 100,000 or more people, I am not sure that they were not more broadly in the public domain. (But I don't see there is any privacy or breach of confidence given the circulation, etc).

They could also be used for a discussion of how well the party is or is not using new communication methods, etc; how the leadership or central party apparatus, MPs and others do or should communicate with members and supporters, which are issues that have been of interest to us