Over the past week, I've spent a fair bit of time with party activists in private meetings - the people who will be expected to lead the ground war in the next election and deliver victories for our MPs. Whatever noises you are hearing from the barmier reaches of the parliamentary party, goaded on by a media desperate to feed their storylines, there is no desire at all within the West Midlands Labour Party membership to dump Gordon Brown.
Clearly, Charles, Siobhan and George believe that a Conservative government led by the cream of Eton will do a better job than a Labour government. There can be no other logical reason why they would start this stupid fight now. The Channel Four poll during the week showed that about three quarters of the electorate in key battleground seats think we're divided and all the evidence from the 80s, 90s and the first part of this century show that the electorate will not vote for divided parties - the Tories and Labour can both vouch for that. That same C4 poll indicated that the electorate don't believe that changing Gordon will make one iota of difference. There's nobody better qualified to guide this country through the current economic storms.
I wrote something similar on The Stirrer last night and Fergus, a Tory activist, wrote in reply
I know exactly what's happening, I've been there myself. The hard-working activists and ordinary party members on the ground are tearing their hair out as the parliamentary party tries its damndest to press the self-destruct button at every opportunity. Welcome to the Tory Party circa 1995. Put another way - welcome to political hell for the next 10 years. Your MP's can't learn the lessons of history, and things are to far along for it to make any difference now.
And you know what - he could well be right.
So, thanks Charles, Siobhan and George. Really well done.
Perhaps you thought you were going to help the government out of the current mire in which it is stranded. All you have done is push it further in.
Really - please stop helping.