Polly wanted Brown, now she wants Johnson. All I ever wanted was for the membership to have their say. This is where the parliamentary party have gone wrong - New Labour's biggest fault is it's suppression of democracy within the party (and some would say outside of the party as well). Supress internal democracy and it is no wonder you end up with people like Brown and Blears running the show.
I and many others warned that Brown would be an ineffective leader, poor communicator (and communication is essential is this media age) and worst of all, a Stalinist control freak. What I didn't realise was just how indecisive he was - wasting £1.2m on the election that never was exemplifies this.
Yes, the parliamentary party could quickly rally round likeable Alan Johnson, and the people couldn't dislike him more than they dislike Brown so he is bound to save us a few seats, but this would not address the problem - the party needs a proper leadership election and debate to show the country where it is headed, followed quickly by a general election - people would respect that and it would show that Labour's stalinist tendencies were behind it and you never know we might just catch the Tories on the back foot.
For socialism to work it needs democracy, the Soviet Union failed for this reason and so will New Labour, if it doesn't change (and wouldn't it be great if they finally honoured their promise on PR). Sadly I don't hold out much hope.