A Vision for Reform
One of the proudest moments of my life was singing the Olympic Anthem at the London 2012 Closing Ceremony. Being part of that event was a great privilege as it showcased the modern, outward-looking, engaged, thoughtful and successful nation that we are. A bright future lay ahead.
Some of the shine of 2012 has been rubbed off by political failures that have sown division and discord. We have failed to address core issues in our economy and society, and instead embarked on a divisive referendum in 2014 in Scotland, but particularly the EU referendum in 2016 to try to find superficial answers to complex problems.
I believe that the root cause of this division has been the lack of meaningful economic and constitutional reform in our country. Policies in these areas have been weak and ineffective. In both economic and constitutional contexts radical change is required to put citizens and communities back at the heart of wealth-creation and decision-making. If we can achieve that aim, I believe we can heal the divisions and move forward to a more balanced and stable prosperity.
That future seemed possible – even likely – on that evening in London in 2012. It is the job of politicians to deliver on that promise, and I intend to make it a central part of my mission.