An adaptive style of policymaking requires a different type of organization and outlook, one that looks outward and abroad, tolerates failure, and moves and learns quickly. An adaptive style won't triumph over policy substance. But in the fast-moving Internet age, it is its essential partner.
James Purnell's politics on welfare are simply poisonous; they will not save the welfare state but kill it stone dead. Labour should reject them if it really does love the welfare state and instead of decimating it rebuild it as something we can once again be proud of; rather than kill it with fake kindness.