Nobody, outside the ivory tower of professional party politics, think tanks, academia or journalism, seriously believes that the Milibands or Ed Balls will go down well with the public at large.
Jon Cruddas is a popular backbench Labour MP who doesn't come from a posh background, who went to a comprehensive, who speaks like a fairly ordinary human being and who never served in any New Labour government.
He just published the most enlightening and progressive article in a national newspaper.
Refreshingly, it was a far cry from the hollow, uninspiring stuff laid out by the two Milibands in the past few days (see here and here), showing empathy with the masses of 21st century low and low/middle classes: manual workers, people on low pay, people plagued by job insecurity.
Can you believe it, here's an MP actually publicly accusing Labour's high ranks of taking the "decision not to better regulate for agency workers, and to not introduce living wage agreements".
Cruddas also mentioned the great ghost of the election campaign, the housing crisis ("but it hasn't been the crisis of the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph, where one's biggest problem is achieving a dream sale price. It has been a crisis of cramped living conditions where family life is undermined. It has been a crisis of waiting lists that suck the hope from a young couple looking for stability"), and the fact that "[i]mmigration has been used as a 21st-century incomes policy" for the benefit of "rogue employers looking to shave costs to make a bigger buck".
But here comes the bad news. His article could have been the best platform to launch a leadership bid.
Unfortunately, instead, in the same article Cruddas stated clearly that he's not going to run ("Hand on heart I do not want to be Labour leader"), which is a massive disappointment for Labour and the left in general.
For the life of me, I can't understand how anybody outside the ivory tower of professional party politics, think tanks, academia or journalism, could seriously believe that any of the Milibands or Ed Balls may actually go down well with the public at large.
It's a sad indictment of the state of Labour that those three are the best the party can offer after 13 years in power.