By Thomas Byrne
Among all the chatter about who should next leader of the Labour party, there’s been a notable absence of reality. In one corner you have ‘aspiration’ candidates like Tristram Hunt, who said the party needed to understand people to want to shop at Waitrose (did no-one tell him it’s Aldi which is middle class chic now?). Hunkered down with them are defeated gargoyles like Peter Mandelson and Tony Blair. In the other corner, you have the usual suspects like Diane Abbott and the unions, claiming all the party needs to do is regain its soul and present a true left wing alternative. They are all wrong, in their own way. Stella Creasy would make a much more authentic choice for Labour leader.
Creasy has already ruled herself out, although she’s thrown her hat in the ring for the deputy leadership. That move was probably sensible in terms of ambition, but it was disastrous for Labour. She should run the risk of self-sacrifice in order to save her party. No-one else is qualified.