Without this Labour government we wouldn't have had;
The Freedom of Information Act
The Human Rights Act
Transparency in party funding
Equalisation of the age of consent for gay men.
The end of legal discrimination against homosexuals in the armed forces.
British citizen's freed from Guantanamo and a condemnation of the US practises there.
Devolved power to Scotland, Wales and London.
PR for European and devolved parliaments
PR introduced for Scottish local elections from this May.
Outlawing of race discrimination in all public functions.
Ending of the stupid restriction on drinking hours.
These are just a few of the things that Labour has implemented. Labour needs to get across how much it has done for civil liberties. Perversely this is the most unpopular Labour government ever, even the extreme Tories got more votes than us in England at the last general election. We are now seen as a party of the establishment and people don't realise our liberal credentials and this is a serious handicap.
Labour needs drastically to reinvent itself under its new leader if it is going to beat the populist appeal of Cameron. Cameron has managed to move the image of the Tories to the left, but has done little in terms of policy. Even so, image is very very important and we have to improve our image if we are to combat the Tories and their press friends.