Here’s what I doubt we will hear any of the Labour leadership candidates say:
What will our message to voters on the NHS be in 2020?
Can it really be: “In 2010 we said you had to vote Labour, or the NHS would disappear – and it didn’t. In 2015 we said you had to vote Labour, or the NHS would disappear – and it didn’t. But now in 2020 when we say you have to vote Labour, or the NHS will disappear, we’re right”?
I said before the election that the NHS wasn’t a strong point for Labour but a weak point because the party’s rhetoric of doom was so out of line with what the public actually thinks about the state of the NHS.
A candidate for Labour Party leader who really gets it will know how daft that putative 2020 election message will sound. And a candidate who is really gifted will know how to face up to that without self-destructing in a contest where it won’t be a popular view to acknowledge.
Are any of the runners both someone who gets it and someone who is truly gifted? We’ll see…