Hello. Yes, I know it's late, but I got back from the UK School Games very late indeed, after a trying and exhausting last day. I slept until 11.30 this morning and moved very slowly even then.
The first order of the day is to vote in the Labour Party election. Despite being a socialist, I'm still a member of this benighted party, which seems to exist mostly to treat its members like dirt. Ben and I are having a little disagreement over the election. He's voting David Miliband first and Diane Abbott second, on the basis that DM is most electable and Abbott opposes Trident. I don't see the point of making an anti-nuclear weapons gesture by giving first preference to someone who does think retaining the ability to kill millions of civilians is a good thing - and I'm a loyal member of CND - and I don't quite see what makes David more electable than Ed. They're both bright, confident, thoughtful people.
I'm voting for Ed Miliband on the depressing basis that he's minutely more left than his brother and shares all of David's better qualities. They all thought the war, and benefits cuts etc. etc. were brilliant at the time - they're all tainted except for Abbott, who's not convincing as a serious thinker despite my sympathy for her proper leftwing instincts.
Update: I've had loads of promotional material, but David Miliband's people just phoned me. If I hadn't already voted, they'd have been happy to talk policy, which was nice.