Look, I’m a Blairite. Once being a third class juinior assistant understrapper under Tony Blair’s leadership is one of the things I’m proudest of in politics.
But I do sometimes wonder if my much more senior comrades in arms have anything like the political sense of our former leader.
Having senior Blairites throwing stones at Gordon Brown is harmful to the party, and doesn’t even constitute anything so useful as a worked out plan to achieve their aims.
So we have a ballot on the leadership. What then? Elect a new leader and have an snap General election on the subject of… something or other? Well, that would work really well, I think.
It’s incredibly frustrating when, just as we appear to be getting some traction on policy, making some important points, all this stuff is opened up again.
On top of that, we now throw the centre right of the party into a further bout of infighting, which we really don’t need, in the wider cause of ensuring the Labour party stays in the centre ground of British politics.
I’ve long believed that Gordon Brown’s fate is in his own hands. Quite right too. If he really believed that someone else would do a better job in winning the next election, I think he would chose to stand down as party leader.
You might be sceptical about this, (and I can imagine the reaction of certain people to this suggestion!) but I believe it’s true. Gordon Brown has served the Labour movement for thirty years, and I’m certain is acutely aware that giving Labour the best chance of working in the interests of the British people is far more important than the career of one man.
Yet a cool assessment of such a question can’t and won’t happen if the party is a house divided against itself, and especially not if those doing the dividing seem to be members of a particular faction of the party.
A spasm of speculation and disloyalty at the very moment the Conservatives are coming under real scrutiny is worse than divisive, it actually reduces the chances of us winning the election, who-ever is leader.
So I’m sorry. My reaction to this latest outburst is to want to hold my head in my hands. What good can this possibly do?