Stuart Sharpe is annoyed.
Now, he's not the sort to rant. I am. I rant a lot. I get annoyed with what Labour do. Not as annoyed as some people, who get quite furious, but still really rather annoyed. But not Stuart. So when he gets annoyed, it's time to sit up and take notice.
He's annoyed because Labour want to incarcerate single mums and enact an openly racist immigration policy. And he has a point. Go and read his post, if you haven't already. The single mums' workhouses proposal by Labour is, quite simply, possibly the most illiberal announcement that they have made to date - and that is saying an awful lot. Brown seemed to assume that it would be voluntary, to "help" them in the way that only The State can, but Balls confirmed that it would be mandatory. You will accept The State's help, whether you want to or not.
I hadn't commented on these announcements. I think I dismissed them as so obviously incredibly utterly stupidly wrong both in principle and in practice, so they just left my conciousness without leaving a mark. But Stuart is right; that Labour could even consider announcing these is simply appalling.
They must go. They really must go.