New policies not a new leader will help Labour win
Buried in amongst the attempts by the sunday papers to keep speculation about the Labour leadership going with publication of a leaked draft of a memo written nearly a year ago was a very good policy idea from Stephen Byers. To quote the Observer:
"Byers called for Margaret Thatcher's right-to-buy programme for council homes to be turned into a deposit scheme where instead of getting discounts of up to £38,000 tenants could use the money as a deposit to buy a private home - thus helping unlock the crippled housing market."
And freeing up social housing for new tenants who need it.
It would be nice to hope that we could move from a debate about personalities to one about which policies will help Labour get back into a winning position.
That Labour could still do that is shown by a further small increase in the party's opinion poll share to 29% in today's ICM poll. Factor in the inevitable recovery all governments see in their polling position as you come out of the midterm (and in this case out of an economic bad patch) and you can see we are still in the game for a fourth term.