So at the conclusion of one of the most uninspiring leadership contests where journalists were reduces to reporting on the impact the election would have on the Miliband family rather than any substantial debate on ideas, at Manchester on Saturday the results were declared.
The Parliamentary Labour Party wanted Milliband the Elder, The Constituency Labour Party wanted Miliband the Elder, and they got Red Ed.
Derek Simpson and his fellow union leaders must have been rubbing their hands in satisfaction at the union votes out-powering the Labour party members, and their parliamentarians and push their candidate into the leadership. But then the unions already control the party’s purse strings so I guess it is a logical progression. I am sure this result will bolster the impression the Labour Party is a party for everyone, not just sectarian group. However joy was not the emotion on their faces when in his speech Red Ed did not turn out to be the most ardent fan of striking. He even talked of not repeating historic union failures, and put the words irresponsible and strike in the same sentence. Spoil sport!
But then the Shadow Cabinet did not seem the most joyous either, indeed a good number of them would have looked more suited at a funeral when their new leader talked about some of the most important decisions of the Labour years. Gordon Brown spent most of his time in Prime Minister’s Questions saying they were making the right decisions for the country with absolutely no justification, it would seem that one of his closest advisers disagreed.
All in all this election was not only tediously uneventful, looking at the faces on the front rows at their conference on television, the result does not seem to have inspired their more than it has with the rest of the country.
Finally he makes derision of his nickname Red Ed, whilst at the same time talking about moving the party to the left, well Ed if you are not red, you are at the very least a much deeper shade of pink that we have been accustomed to lately in the labour party. If new Labour was not dead with Brown, I think it is fair to say it has been given its funeral on Saturday as the party moves back to its roots.