In the aftermath of the byelection car crash Ed"Blinkly" Balls is quick to assert his right to inherit the mantle of unelected Great Leader by knifing Little Jimmy Purnell.
“There are times when individuals in their early 40s have crises. They buy motorbikes or go off and travel round the world and have a gap year. Or they have a sex change operation, or discover their inner gay. Sometimes people do that. I don’t think for political parties to have those kinds of moments is very sensible, especially when you are at your moment of greatest crisis and instability.
Now is not the time to be going off to some fat dodgy therapist to find out what your identity really is.
A lot of people are looking into themselves… and saying, 'When shall we stab Gordon?’ They will make decisions which are right for them, right for the country and right for the Labour Party.”