I am still at a bit off a loss to explain the reason why the Labour leadership contest has bored most people rigid - even those who have taken part in it. Most of my Labour friends say it has inspired no one and been a total letdown. The only explanation I can think of is that Labour is now in the position the Tories were in 1997 - no one's really interested in what they've got to say.
Well, this afternoon we find out which Milibrother has won. From the start I thought Ed Miliband might pull through on second preferences and the betting markets seem to agree.
If it is indeed him, he has an astonishingly difficult task ahead of him. I joked the other day about him being 'Red Ed'. I don't axctually believe that for a minute. He's done what he had to do to get votes among Labour members and trade unionists. Cynical maybe, but in the end probably effective. If he shows that same degree of electoral planning as leader, the Tories may find themselves with a more formidable opponent than they had imagined.
I won't be able to blog the result live as I shall be ensconced in my seat at Upton Park and then I'm driving up to Manchester. But please use this thread to discuss the events of the afternoon.