Sadly, the eagle has not landed but crashed as the Labour leadership contest takes another turn, with the withdrawal of the initial candidate who challenged Jeremy Corbyn stepping aside to give Owen Smith a clear run.
Of course, the bookmakers are not giving him very good odds, much like most of the neutrals and, more importantly, the Labour membership.
As someone not involved, I am at odds to see what the whole process is intended to produce.
It will not change the current leader and will only cause more divisions within the Labour party.
Perhaps that is the aim ultimately.
Could this be the catalyst for the break-up and formation of a new party that better fits this new bred of power-hungry politicians?
When one looks at Owen Smith’s background you find someone who, to my mind, does not fit any typical Labour profile.
Someone who has worked as a lobbyist for big drug company Pfizer seems to be an odd candidate for leader of a left-wing party.
Of course, being put into a safe Labour seat is more of a draw than his working-class wishes.
To me, it still indicates that these politicians have an inflated view of their capabilities and abilities, and are not reflective of their electorate and, in Owen Smith’s case, still in denial about the referendum result.
They are destroying what is left of a once bastion of the working class, now sadly long gone.
Chris Gallacher, TD VR,