A friend of mine was recently in a discussion with a Cabinet minister and asked him what he would do if the party lurched to the left or was taken over by the Balls-Unite axis. He replied, ‘Oh I’d be off then.’ He went on to talk about alternative careers he could pursue. What the younger ranks of the Labour party lack is a Mandelson figure, someone tribally committed to Labour but who understands where the party needs to be and what it needs to do to win elections.
PS One thing to watch over the coming months is the growing closeness between Ed Miliband and the Blairites in Cabinet. I hear he is strongly backing their demands for input into the manifesto drafting process.