Most of all though, I am looking forward to a purposeful, creative, comradely conference that's an opportunity for Fabians to do what we've done for over 100 years - contribute our best thinking to the service of the whole Labour movement. I can promise on behalf of everyone attending that we'll put in that effort this weekend. We hope that colleagues across the party will welcome our doing so.
The future of Europe, the future of our politics, is about the relationships we build with each other from the grassroots to the international level, and that cannot be done in smoke-filled rooms in Brussels or even on the backbenches of Hogwarts gone wrong. None of this is easy. This is why this is an intervention. Don't be the frog slowly boiling to death in your own stew of bones. Sitting in your echo chamber, rehearsing the same old ideas, arguing with the same old individuals, defending the same tired institutions. We have faced challenges before as progressives. We have faced change before. And we have chosen before to live. And live again we can. That is our call and our cause.
The decision by Ed Miliband and Ed Balls to reposition Labour's stance on benefits spending has been attacked by leading