James Downey: Labour must dump union baggage to lead the nation
LABOUR will have a successful conference this weekend. A pretty safe forecast, seeing that such events ceased long ago to be occasions for worthwhile discussion and dissent and turned into mere rallies and stages for party leaders.
The bar for success has been conspicuously lowered since the exciting days when Dick Spring put his leadership and reputation on the line.
And this one takes place at a uniquely favourable time, with a public mood verging on despair and a discredited government.