Labour needs a McAuliffe or Dean
Coverage of the Democratic Convention - particularly Newsnight's interview with an extremely fired-up Terry McAuliffe (the previous Chair of the DNC), and extensive newspaper explanations of how Howard Dean (the current Chair) has been implementing his 50-state strategy to rebuild the Democrat grassroots - made me realise that one of the factors in Labour's current malaise is the lack of an equivalent to the Chair of the DNC to lead our campaigning.
We need someone whose job will be to fire up activists, lead the partisan attacks on the Tories, and be the point at which politics and governing are co-ordinated with organisation and campaigning.
The PM can't do that - it's not appropriate to the office.
The General Secretary can't do that - it needs to be a politician not a staffer.
And Harriet as Deputy Leader is over-loaded with other responsibilities, including Ministerial ones, and isn't really the right kind of personality for attack politics and tub-thumping calls to action.
If there is an Autumn reshuffle one priority should be to ensure we have a heavyweight politician unencumbered with departmental responsibilities and solely dedicated to campaigning, fundraising and regeneration of the party grassroots.