This was a topic placed by Andy Pipkin based on and around an essay by David Goodhart of the Prospect Magazine, and locked for reasons known to the moderator concerned. The topic is a serious one, not to be confused with the rantings and foamings of those normally connected with subjects in which Mr Powell's name is placarded; usually wrongly and almost always with a great deal of bloodshot-eyed and sub-O-level rhetoric attached. The essay was carefully and sensitively constructed from beginning to end, with a great deal of substance in the middle, and needs to be read twice or thrice to fully appreciate both the intent and extent of the writer's point, which is, in my opinion, utterly crucial to the way we live in Britain today and for the next 50 years. Only the writer's position at the left - he claims to be centre-left - gives me some hope that todays' ruling classes in the New Socialism Project can actually critically observe the appalling truth: of what we are losing in our society for the sake of political imperatives rather than human, and in the case of the New Labour project, personal ambitions. I look forward to an answering voice - which I think would probably add to the argument rather than counter it - from a Spectator writer.