By Ian Dunt
Diane Abbott's lack of support shows how tired and conservative the Labour party has become.
The labour leadership contest really is turning into a damp squib. After 13 years in office - the last five years of which it spent resembled an aching old man unsure of how he got into his living room - it has lost sight of why it exists.
Labour's better-than-expected electoral performance, delivered on the back of some very clever, and some particularly nasty, local campaigns, seems to have deprived it of the impetus to redefine itself. The dark night of the soul hasn't come.
The unprecedented numbers of new MPs hasn't helped. If this race took place in a couple of years time, many of them might have run, and many of them, it's worth mentioning, would make fine leaders. Now, however, is not the time, given they are still working out how to reach the toilets in Westminster without getting lost in its seemingly endless corridors. The young bloods are too young. The old guard areRead More »from Comment: Labour leadership race shows the party has run out of ideas