Voters are weary of spin, contemptuous of the moral deformities of "being on-message" and disillusioned with the journey from managerial "what works" politics to the messianic certainties, says Jill Segger. A different compass is needed in Labour's leadership election and elsewhere in British politics.
The Prime Minister's rapid response to the furore over his proposal to scrap free milk for children under five is revealing, says Jill Segger. But what it shows is political self-regard rather than high principle.
If corporate power groups are permitted to get their hands on our most important and humane social institution, the National Health Service, it will be all but impossible for a future government to restore it, says Jill Segger. The so-called Big Society will have got quite a lot smaller.
There has been virtually no national moral conversation about progressive taxation and those who believe in social justice have permitted their approach to be dictated entirely by the ideological Right, says Jill Segger. Another way forward is both possible and crucial.
As the new coalition government settles down, it is important to see past the hype and fear to the real issues of power, says Jill Segger. Asking tough questions of the powerful remains especially important in this new situation, with warning signs and signs of hope both in evidence.
In the face of a couple of glaring examples to the contrary, politicians may, through necessity, learn the outward usages of integrity, says Jill Segger. In all probability, that will still conceal a degree of hypocrisy, but even the imitation of virtue may eventually lead to the real thing.
A lifelong attachment to the Labour movement and its values of equity and justice makes questioning loyalty to the party formed in its name difficult, says Jill Segger. But it is possible to hold on to your principles and find political vision beyond tribalism.
Clarity about the nature and motivation of advertising is essential, says Jill Segger, if we are to live well and be free from the tyranny which would have us believe that conformity is to be identified with community.
To consider the possibility that whatever we cherish in our own environment, legends and customs, could have a parallel in the hearts of others, is to begin to mix the mortar that may bind us in solidarity, says Jill Segger. It is this solidarity which rests at the heart of a patriotism worthy of the name.