Two things Gordon Brown should be proud of.
- Massively increased funding for the NHS
- Sustained funding for education
Two things he should apologise for.
- The invasion of Iraq was a mistake. Not his decision ultimately, but he signed the cheques and was a senior government figure. Somebody also has to carry the can for shaping the intelligence to fit the policy, which was entirely unacceptable behaviour.
- Scrap ID cards. They won't work and will to be this government's Poll Tax.
- Initiate an immediate plan to extract all UK forces from Iraq. I opposed te war, but I believe that we do have a responsibility to the Iraqi people for trying to put right what we broke. Sadly, I think that the evidence suggests that the British forces are part of the problem, rather than the solution and that Iraq needs to find its own way. This will be bloody and I don't like abandoning the good people there, but I can honestly see no other way.
- When reforming public services - listen to the front line. Whether it is the NHS, the police or education - ask those at the sharp end how things are working and what needs to be done.
- Allow councils to invest in new build social housing. People tend to prefer renting from the council and we should be able to provide good quality affordable homes - with a prohibition on tenants buying them for at least ten years. This will take the heat out of the housebuying market and would need to be managed to ensure that prices don't collapse precipitously, but we need more housing.
- And there's a third thing - win the next election. It can be done - it must be done. We've won a huge victory in that the Tories are now coming on to our turf to fight - they realise that people value the NHS and things like parental rights.
Anyone else have any thoughts?