It’s been reported that Ed Miliband has turned to Tony Blair for advice on leadership and how to remain in power.
I suspect the essence of his counsel was fairly straightforward and went something like this:
Choose a deputy who is a laughing stock and so abject at his job that he will never be regarded as a meaningful threat. Then appoint a Chancellor over whom you exert no control, accept the plaudits when the going is good and then blame him when the economy implodes.
Betray what little socialist conscience you possess by snivelling around the largest available Press baron to gain his newspapers’ support.
Then time your departure with the utmost precision.
There, that shouldn’t have taken long.