The labour leadership contest is really a matter of supreme insignificance to the country at the moment, so we won't mention it again for a while. But well done to Dianne Abbott for beating the odds and getting a ticket to the debates.
But it is worth noting one of the most skilled operators, outside of the Mandelson / Campbell / McBride operation, has pulled off another little coup.
Harriett Harman did not stand for the leadership herself. There is a feeling that she rather likes the power of being deputy leader, without the difficulty of being the actual leader. By backing Dianne yesterday, Harriet cemented her election platform of women's rights, and added some minority agenda to it too. She has pleased the left wing of the party, pleased hers and her husband's union backers, looked considerate about the wider interests of the party and, most importantly, avoided having to back any of the other candidates who are actually going to win.
She has gained an ally from the ranks of the old guard and further embedded herself into the deputies role.
Lots of pitfalls in a leadership contest. Just ask Dianne's friend Michael !
Ms Harman seems to have avoided them all, and actually strengthened her position.
No wonder the civil service called her Hattiavelli.