Sitting on the bus and thinking about the Labour leadership change, it occurred to me that right about now, Labour strategist John Pagani will be sending the new leadership team an unsolicited email filled with the worst strategic advice since the First World War. And I thought about writing a satirical version of that email – that would, doubtless, only be a pale imitation of the reality, with lines like:
Pivot to ineligible voters! If we pitch our policies at criminals, preschoolers and the clinically insane we take the enemy and the media by surprise.
If we embrace asset-sales and mining in national parks we occupy the middle ground, somehow.
Then it occurred to me that the Shelley Bridgeman contest was the funniest thing on the blog for ages. So let’s try it again. Ssubmit some John Pagani style advice – it should be an act of obvious political suicide delivered with absolute confidence – and I’ll write a hybrid letter.