Woah. The anti-Harman brigade have come out in force today
, supplying quotes to the Sun which draw comparisons between her and the Taleban. Here's the key passage:
"Many Labour figures agree she would be a disaster for the party's fortunes.
One senior figure told The Sun: 'If Harriet becomes leader it would be the end of the Labour Party. A number of us believe we have to take steps to stop it happening.
Harriet is only concerned with number one. She is a fundamentalist, she's like the Taliban when it comes to driving through her own agenda.'"
Now, we're no great fans of Harman here at Coffee House. But it's still pretty surprising to see a Taleban comparison made by people who are nominally on the same side as her. It also highlights the problem that Harman has created for Brown: her grandstanding and positioning this week were bad enough in themselves, but they could also have kickstarted a round of backbiting and counter-operations to last all summer.