- Brexit - the obvious one - is clearly driving half the Labour Party nuts. We hear that it's not on the menu for Conference, which on the one hand is quite bizarre but on the other hand maybe shows the machine's smiling insolence. Yes, we know this one cause cognitive dissonance amongst our hordes of naive supporters. No, we're not going to be manoeuvred into taking a position on it! Let the Blairites fume. Apologists for this tactic of deafening silence are already queueing up: Little Owens Jones can't be far behind.
- Why such a quiet summer? Not for me to put ideas in their heads, but let's simply notice that Grenfell was an issue that could very readily have been stirred up into something Very Ugly Indeed. Instead, Momentum busied itself in 75 marginal constituencies. Whenever the Inquiry gets into the news, the meejah finds members of "the Community" who say some very menacing things; so the dry tinder is there, all right. Is McDonnell playing the long game instead?
- What does the Long Game look like? Because 5 years is such a very long time. As we've noted around here before, even Gordon Brown - in '08 a seemingly nailed-on cert for utter oblivion in 2010 - managed to pull off a no-overall-majority game against Cameron. Does McDonnell really think all he has to do is sit back and watch the Tory party disintegrate?