Andrew continues to develop some fascinating ideas here. As LabourList.org is currently showing us, "ideas instead of smears" is not only a laudable idea but an achievable goal. If we wish to develop politics properly, we need to understand the word "opposition" in a different way. We must learn to engage productively with as well as continue to battle figuratively against our "enemies". Knowing how to speak constructively to those we would prefer not to triumph is a skill we must acquire.
It requires adult behaviours - a childlike rather than childish imagination too; and, more importantly, for us to recover a long-lost sincerity of purpose.
We must learn again to be curious and innocent children of hope.