“If you ask me: ‘Who is the leading candidate [for the leadership]?’ I would be stupid not to say: ‘The leading candidate is Gordon.’ But while you have a leader you don’t sponsor others.
“However, that is not to say that I object to the leading candidate. I believe that all of us are committed to the same ideals and that, after Tony goes, that united leadership will be able to assure the country that we are just as committed as we always have been to the principles of reform and renewal.”
Kiss, kiss, mwahh. If even John Reid is throwing in the towel, what hope is there?