Bryan Gould has been selected to run the post-election review of Labour’s failure.
He is a man fully qualified for the job.
What he doesn’t know about failing Labour parties isn’t worth knowing. After all, that’s where he spent a whole lifetime.
Gould was a senior part of the British Labour Party that made themselves unelectable for virtually a generation.
Leaders Neil Kinnock and Michael Foot were Labour’s gifts to Margaret Thatcher and John Major – making even the sub-mediocre Major look good enough to bring home the electoral bacon.
Gould however kept the blinders on, describing Welsh windbag Neil Kinnock as a statesman and the insane Michael Foot a genius, before discovering that even as bad as Labour was, it wasn’t so bad it wanted him as leader – a man the rank and file knew could bore for Britain. (Gould was the man wheeled out at conferences when you wanted to clear a room.)
British Labour’s gain was our loss.
He left party and country in high dudgeon and returned home to nurse his grudges -- with a lifetime’s good timing, just as Tony Blair finally turned the party and its fortunes around. He watched from afar at accolades he thought should have been his, having achieved nothing in his time in politics but rejection.
The Wairarapa windbag now nurses his unrecognised genius at the University of Waikato.
And on failing Labour Parties, he has made a career-long study: indeed, it’s the only subject on which he has any expertise at all.
Which makes him an excellent choice, especially if long-term failure is what you’re after.