One of Labour's historic achievements was the creation of the welfare state. But we can't run away from the fact that the law of unintended consequences got to work, and we ended up with a dependency culture rather than a responsibility culture.
It was difficult to be a Scot in London yesterday, because for once it felt like the real action was elsewhere. Alex Salmond's speech to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, in which he laid out the details of the SNP's constitutional position and plans felt like some kind of historic moment.
Hailing as I do from the still heavily divided 'British territory' of Northern Ireland or the 'occupied six counties' of Ireland, whichever way you so wish to put it, it stands that this week's big news on Scottish Independence has been of real interest to us over here across the Irish Sea.
No one cares more about Scotland's success than the people who live here and that, ultimately, is why independence is the best choice for our future.
Does the SNP really want a free, democratic, Scotland? If so they are everything they can to ensure it may, just, become independent but is unlikely to be a genuine democracy.
So Jamaica may become a republic soon. After 50 years of independence it might cut its ties with the British monarchy and, possibly, more importantly judicial sovereignty from London. It's hard to argue a coherent case for keeping the link with old Bess in Buck House.
Veteran Nationalist Alex Neil has accused the Prime Minister of trying to dictate the rules of an independence referendum
The question of size naturally looms large in a nation of three million that thinks itself too small to stand by itself.
In November 1958, following the declaration of October 1, 1960 as Nigeria's independence day, Time Magazine wrote: "The year