Brian Brivati asks a good question: what would happen to the Labour party if it loses the next election? He points out that in the past - 1931, 1951 and 1979 - it has moved leftwards.
But wouldn't Labour's reaction to losing the election depend upon why it lost?
If it does so, it'll probably be because: the government is regarded as wasteful and incompetent; because there's a "growing and potentially dangerous gap between politicians and the public"; and because the party never tried to make a convincing philosophical case for the income redistribution Brown has undertaken.
So, here's my hope. Labour should infer from this that it should look for small-government redistributive policies; bring the public into policy-making through more direct democracy; and talk more about principles and less about managerialist spin?
But does the party have either the inclination or the intellectual resources to explore these options?