The Fourth and Fifth Ways
Martin Bright in the New Statesman identifies three factions in Labour, soft left Compass, ultra-Blairites backing Miliband, and a "third way" around John Denham advocating that Labour "redefine its values under a Brown premiership".
As usual the journalistic community has failed to appreciate that not one of these three tendencies actually has a presence on the ground in the CLPs or trade unions which control 2/3 of Labour's electoral college, or much of one beyond a few loudmouths in the PLP.
In fact they are all rather similar in culture and milieu, representing the - often well-meaning - denizens of the Guardian op-ed pages and think tank cocktail parties rather than the reality of Labour politics on the ground. They are all in competition to prove how many "new" ideas they can come up with rather than dealing with the gritty realities of electioneering at a council and constituency level.
Ignored by Bright is Labour's historic loyalist tendency around Labour First who want Brown's premiership to succeed without junking any of the common sense values and understanding of the essentially moderate politics of both our core vote and swing voters that led him and Tony Blair to create New Labour.
Equally ignored are the Hard Left who whilst they only have two dozen MPs retain enough votes amongst grassroots members and in the unions to have a destructive influence in any future leadership election.