I'm a big fan of Ed. I've heard him speak a few times and found him quite inspiring and I like his politics. I've also met him on a number of occasions and he always strikes me as a very decent guy (though my ex says it was wrong to run against his brother) But I think inevitably it will take him time to grow into the role and he's bound to make some mistakes on the way. I don't like the way the Blairite MPs turned on him immediately but think David behaved with great dignity. And all this stuff about Red Ed is nonsense. He's a democratic socialist but that doesn't make him a 'red'.
Absolutely, and he isn't, but it's vitally important that the PR men within the shadow cabinet make sure this isn't the focal point of his leadership, otherwise he is in danger of being undermined and heavily exploited by the coalition.
Looks like he is assembling as strong and dynamic cabinet, especially people like Alan Milburn who I think has tons of potential!
PS - Ruthie: I honestly thought nobody would reply at this time! Why are we both still awake lol?