The Labour party, now licking their collective wounds in opposition, is on the hunt to elect its first leader in sixteen years. However, the omens are not good for them when the likes of Jack Straw, Alan Johnson, Jon Cruddas, and even caretaker leader Harriet Harman, have all decided not to bid for the job.
The front runners in the contest so far, according to the media, are… Brothers Ed and David Miliband, otherwise known as Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Come on Labour, is this the best you can do? Where are the potential female candidates? Will any other non-Brownite or Blairite (apart from John McDonnell) be prepared to put his or her hat in the ring? Will David Lammy finally realise his potential and put himself forward? It is utterly depressing for Labour, particularly after their recent election defeat, that so many MPs simply see the important job of leading the party in opposition as a poisoned chalice.
At least the leadership election campaign will take place throughout the summer and will end in the party conference in September, during that time they can collectively put forward a unified plan of action to hold the current coalition government to account… or descend into its usual factional infighting. It’s their choice.