It's good to see more and more Labour party members coming round to the leadership qualities of John Denham - a centrist Labour loyalist who opposed the Iraq war.
Whatever the rights and wrongs of the Iraq war there is no denying that it was hugely unpopular and has done untold damage to Labour's credibility and electability. A principled man such as John Denham could be the way to win voters back without lurching to the far left candidates such as John Mcdonnell. Denham has all the attributes needed to win UK modern elections (a believable sincerity, not too old, English and still has a full head of hair - sadly, age, nationality and hair matter!) and can take us in the radical direction we need to go for a centre left party.
It looks (unless Labour can re-invent itself - which is still possible though unlikely without radical change) as though we are heading for a hung or Tory minority govt in 2009. The gods (well the Tory press have finally wore the electorate down) seem to be against a Labour victory. This electoral system will once again be the 'Left's downfall. The 'Left' are always in a majority but we end up with Tory or rightwing Labour governments every time under this system that punishes the 'Left' for it's splintered vote (encouraged by the press's divide and rule tactics).
John Denham recognises the need for electoral reform. He knows that radical progressive government (which is the will of the majority) is as unlikely under this system as an England victory with Urs Meier as referee!
Those who think electoral reform a minor issue should think again. We are playing political monopoly and giving the right wing the head start of owning the orange properties. How long is Labour tribalism going to blind us to the advantage we give to the right wing under this system? For the sake of the poor we need to understand it is policies, not parties that matter. Let's trust the electorate and help them avoid the fate of the poor of the United States, trapped by an electoral system and media that ignores their popular call for decent universal health, education and redistribution. We may be only an election or two away under this system from joining their desperate plight.