Last week showed that often in politics it is not knowing the right answer but being louder than your opponent.
The Leveson report was not worth the 2000 pages which it was written on. Indeed everyone, apart from those in Parliament, realised that it discussed a media that no longer exists. By just considering the printed press it discussed a press that is soon unlikely to exist in its current form. Any political gain that can be got from this debate will be short-lived as come 2015 it is likely that the public will once again focus on the economy, healthcare and education. Not press regulation. More importantly, just before Leveson was released Lord MacAlpine responded to false twitter allegations by demanding a donation to charity and an apology. This elegant response showed thought without becoming too heavy handed. This could surely be a guide for those with less money but who are falsely accused on twitter. This would need no further regulation just a body to undertake these responsibilities. If you tweet or write something stupid on a blog, instead of going to court why not just be forced to recognise your mistake and make a donation.
After a number of by-elections last Thursday, it seemed that there was a new force in politics. UKIP are apparently on the rise and are set to win such a great number of seats in the next election that there could be a Conservative-UKIP pact. Beyond all this shouting it is likely that UKIPs rise is possibly due to constant reports that a Eurozone end-of-days is always round the corner and that the usual third party, the Lib Dems, are now in government. It is likely that come 2015 people will revert to the big three parties as they know little about UKIP’s position on the economy, healthcare and education (apart from any failure being the fault of the EU).
So what does all this shouting mean for Labour? The next election will not be won or lost because the leadership handled the Leveson crisis well. The next election will be won and lost when they try to sell their the ideas for a 21st century economy, making sure everyone can access the best healthcare and how we have an education system so that all children are able to reach their potential in 2015. It may not win bring success in the short term, but it is time Labour stopped shouting and started to inspire people across the UK.