It is one of the enduring perceptions of the modern left - politicians and journalists alike - that it is more eloquent in its criticisms than its prescriptions. Therefore, at the end of this year of all years, it would be only proper to celebrate progress where it has been achieved.
One part of the new Labour psyche has been consistently misdiagnosed. Far from suffering from an overdose of self-belief, Tony Blair's lieutenants have shown all the signs of lack of confidence.
James is watching his favourite rock band. Dressed in black, he dances aggressively, his lip and eyebrow pierced, tattoo on his forearm. He might seem a typical teenager, but his Gothic exterior conceals a different attitude.
The question is not: can we sustain our energy supply without learning to love nuclear? It is, or at least should be: can Britain and similar countries sustain present levels of energy consumption without causing economic instability and environmental disaster?
He's done it several times before on a smaller scale, so it seems eminently conceivable that George W Bush should want to finish the job properly.
John Stevens was regarded in his force as the copper's copper. His successor, Ian Blair, is being dubbed the politician's copper. The tag is true and unjust in equal parts. The Metropolitan Police Commissioner is no naIf; indeed, he is well versed in the modern art of communication.