Reading Margaret Beckett’s report, you can perhaps see why the likes of Chuka Umunna and Dan Jarvis decided to sit out last year’s leadership campaign. Leading Labour right now is a thankless task, leading to an almost inevitable defeat.
The pollsters have a lot to learn from the 2015 campaign. So do those at the top of politics, and those who report on them.
The Tory party is in its 3rd month of governing alone, with a tiny majority but acting with the confidence that comes from a landslide. It can do that because the opposition appears rudderless, entirely without focus.
Almost two-thirds of Labour MPs are either members of Unite, or have received donations from the union, making it hard to see how any genuine debate about a change of direction is even possible... It seems odd that so many within Labour would decide quite so quickly that what cost them victory was that they weren’t left-wing enough.
Watching the BBC's Question Time special with the party leaders, you quickly realised why they've been kept away from ordinary voters for so much of the campaign. Ordinary voters ask bloody good questions, and they don't accept being fobbed off.