We interrupt our nascent series on the Labour leadership hopefuls to comment on this piece by Steve Richards
. One bit, in particular, doesn’t quite ring true:
Now, I know it’s harder under Labour rules for a sitting Prime Minister to be shifted than a leader of the opposition, but the historical precedents for Labour ruthlessness are not strong. The general air of pusillanimity surrounding the numerous failed attempts to ditch Gordon Brown was at least partly down to the fact that Labour simply don’t have a history of replacing failed leaders who won’t co-operate. In fact, can anyone tell me a single instance of this happening?