The British Labor party historically represented forces of social concern and respect for individual rights. However, over the past decade under leadership of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown a new image has emerged regarding the party. Latest polls indicate a disastrous future for Labor the next election for parliament with only about 25% solidly behind their party. People are turning away from Labor because they have lost faith in its ability or willingness to deal with critical issues ranging from healthcare to the war in Afghanistan to the economic crisis.
Unfortunately, for Gordon Brown he is linked to the disaster that was Iraq when Blair decided to allow his friendship with Bush to overcome common sense and plunged the UK into an unpopular war which has economically impacted the nation. The real issue is being able to name an issue where Labor leadership gives hope for innovative thinking. The Afghan debacle will only get worse and more British soldiers will die, but Brown blunders ahead refusing to accept responsibility that Labor made a mistake by joining with Bush in Iraq. How about a Truth and Reconciliation Commission for members of the Labor Party?