Not who they really are

Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn.
Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn.

Every now and again political parties go through periods when they elect leaders because they are not somebody else.

Michael Heseltine was not Margaret Thatcher, but her endorsed candidate, John Major, was able to win as a result.

William Hague was elected Conservative Party leader because he was not Ken Clark.

So were Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard.

So was David Cameron, and that is why he did not win in 2010.

By 2015 he’d lived the matter down, but Ken Clark was clearly the people’s choice.

The Labour Party picked Jim Callaghan, Michael Foot and Neil Kinnock because they were not Tony Benn.

When political parties behave like this they do not win elections.

Jeremy Corbyn is not Andy Burnham.

Unless the Labour Party members come to their senses and pick Mr Burnham they are doomed to an even longer period in opposition.

Nigel F Boddy,

Fife Road,

Darlington.