Last night Question Time featured the six Labour Deputy Leadership candidates. It was a fairly gentle affair, partially ruined by David Dimbleby's constant - and generally irrelevant - interuptions. I thought Alan Johnson, Hilary Benn and Harriet Harman came across the best, while Peter Hain seemed to be going through the motions. Jon Cruddas seemed slightly detached, almost as if he wished the whole thing were over. Hazel Blears was perhaps a little too combative and loyalist for her own good.
I do enjoy the sight of Harriet Harman dissing the very government she has been a fairly prominent member of for ten years. She is, however, developing a long overdue sense of humour. I suspect it will disappear from whence it came after 27 June.
It seems to me that the order of voting will be something like this:
1. Alan Johnson 2. Hilary Benn 3. Harriet Harman 4. Jon Cruddas 5. Hazel Blears 6. Peter Hain
But I'm usually wrong on these things...