The Lib Dems proposals of green taxes and even the Tories lukewarm leanings in that direction are very very welcome developments. This gives Labour an immense opportunity, under no circumstances should we ridiculue or criticise these policies. We should welcome whatever left-wing policies they have and we should do it open-heartedly - we should up the ante.
We are the party that has the real climate change policies and we shouldn't be ashamed of promoting the climate change levy, the congestion charge, road pricing, increases in public transport spending, free bus and rail passes for pensioners, children and the disabled, extra spending on cycling routes, grants for home insulation etc.
The public appetite for this is massive and we are the party that needs to be proud of what we are doing and we should demonstrate clearly that we will trump whatever the other parties have to offer. Green policies are the way to win the next election. We can always offer more than the Tories who are constrained by their big business friends and nobody believes the Lib Dems when their national policies are always contradicted by their actions at the local level pandying to nimbys.
Instead we have let the impression develop that the Tories under Cameron are leading the way. This is absolutely ridiculous, his personal image has been shown to be a con and his party are even more of a con. You have to give it to the Tories, it is an immense lesson in how to spin an image. If we don't clearly state how we will outbid the Tories and Lib Dems on green issues we will have let them get way with conning the voters.