When puzzling over how on earth Harriet Harman won Labour’s deputy leadership, my mind went back to an episode of Auf Wiedersehen Pet. The boys had voted to choose a colour to paint their shared hut. The votes were counted – and pink won. They were all aghast. Neville explained that no one voted pink as their first choice – it had come through on second- and third-preferences. “Brilliant” said Oz. “So everyone gets what nobody wants.” That sums it up what’s just happened for Labour. Harman wasn’t ahead in any of the earlier voting rounds, but came up in the end as the second choices were tallied up.
It’s good news for David Cameron. Harman is a voice from the past who will drag Labour back to its vote-losing days if she gets any power. Her speech spoke about the dark days of the Tories when young people were unemployed: no one has told here there’s actually more youth unemployment now. Kinnock was there in body, and in spirit.