When I was a young man one of the things that most motivated me to join the Labour Party was the need to alleviate poverty and redistribute wealth. I still hold to that. Whether it be by the provision of services (the NHS is the obvious example, but Sure Start will I think become a legacy of the last 12 years of Labour Government), or by income it is something the Labour Party needs to remain focused on.
Much of the redistribution has been quietly done, but it is an argument that Labour has won as the Conservatives have now said they favour redistribution. However, arguing for cuts in inheritance tax for millionaires as part of this "commitment" is illogical.
I read sadly that one of the truly great men who was behind so much of the Labour Party's work on tackling poverty, Professor Peter Townsend has died. The Child Poverty Action Group which he jointly founded has been very influential. You can read an obituary about all his achievements here.
Child tax credits may not be the sexiest policy, but I know thousands of families are helped by them every day. Gordon Brown is the man who was the architect of this redistribution based on people working, not just receiving benefits. He remains committed to redistribution as does the Labour Party, and I wish we would take the opportunity of Peter Townsend's death to proclaim more about how much money has gone to pensioners, children and the disabled.
That would be a fitting legacy to a great man's work.