Alan Johnson hasn't had a very good few months. I thought he would be the one to take on Gordon Brown, and to be honest I worried about the comparisons between him and David Cameron. So it was with a slight sense of relief that I heard he was now only going for the deputy leadership position, along, it seems, with most of the rest of his colleagues. This contest threatens to develop into a race with around a dozen candidates. It seems Labour is inviting people to join the Party just to have a vote in the leadership and deputy leadership contests. Of course, under Labour rules, party members don't get a full vote - they only get 30% of one. The trade unions still have the biggest say. If I were a Labour member I'd be voting for Hilary Benn or Alan Johnson. As a Conservative I suppose I'd back Hazel Blears. As regular readers know, I rather like Ms B, but she does seem to annoy everyone else with her constant smiley smiley outlook and her ability to speak in soundbite-ese.
Alan Johnson has launched a glitzy new website at www.johnson4deputy.org, which has nothing of the look of 'deputy' about it at all. Indeed, it's rather good. He's soliciting for donations for his campaign but has put a limit of £200 on them.
Interestingly the rest of the the johnson4deputy domain names are still free. Well, they were, but I thought I'd snaffle them up in case Boris should ever need them... Seriously, I have bought them but would be happy to pass them onto the Johnson campaign if they want to get in touch. It's a bit silly of them not to have registered them all at the time.
PS: Right, back to my 4th episode of West Wing of the day. The tears have been rolling. Those of you who have seen the election night episode will know why.