Being interviewed on The Andrew Marr Show, Ed Miliband has just said the following, and I think it bears repeating:
“There’ll be some people who say ‘Why doesn’t Ed Miliband make a splash, by breaking the link with Trade Union members?’ I tell you why I’m not going to do that. Because think about politics and what people think about politics: detatched from the lives of most people.
“What does that gives us? At its best, the link with Trade Union members, and I underline members, gives us a link with people up and down this country, who go to work every day, who get up early, who put in all the hours that God sends, who know what life is like at the sharp end.
“And I’m not going to break that link, but I am going to make the right decisions in the interests of the country. And that’s my position as Labour Leader.“
And he’s absolutely right. The system might not be perfect, from either perspective, but we are a party which came out of the Trade Unions and the working people of this country. We cannot allow ourselves to forget that.