BBC News - Brown critic says Labour must be confident of poll win
Labour should win the next election as the centre of gravity in British politics has "shifted to the left", former minister James Purnell has said.
Mr Purnell quit the cabinet last summer in protest at the leadership of Gordon Brown, saying it increased the likelihood of a Conservative victory.
But he told an audience in London that Labour should be "confident" of victory if it had a "clear and radical agenda".
Yet he also warned Labour's "absence of ideology" could now prove a handicap.
It is a strange paradox that as reality right now confirms that Right wing policies of the 1980s did not work, Right wing parties are winning elections. What then follows is paralysis as right wing parties in France, Germany, Italy and other nations find it impossible to even understand the current economic crisis outside of Keynes context.