John Cruddas, Ed Miliband’s ‘policy chief’, worries that the Labour Party is repeating its mistake of 2010, embroiling itself in a leadership election (nominations opened today) while the Tories get on with running the race to the 2020 General Election. Doh.
Harriet Harman, the acting Leader, needs to run focus groups before she understands that quite a lot of people who voted Labour had little faith in the leadership of the party or its policies and were relieved that they didn’t win. Double doh.
Andy Burnham the current front runner to become Leader does not know the price of a litre of petrol (he guessed £1.60). Doh. Doh. Doh.
David Cameron said he will not serve a third term so, unless he does a Nigel, the Conservatives will also have a leadership election during this Parliament and we can be pretty sure that they will go into the next election led by a man called Boris or George.
To have any chance in 2020 Labour need to choose a Leader who will present a family-attractive image that’s positively distinct to what the Conservative Leader offers.
The best way to do that is not to pick a man as their next Leader.
Not even one who knows the price of petrol.
Not even Jeremy Corbyn.