Having listened to many of the comments on the Labour leadership election I find my self with a very strange mixture of feelings. I have long followed Tom Watson on Twitter and almost always agreed with his tweets....and I was glad to see him elected the deputy leader....and I also enjoyed the speech he made which struck the right notes for me of thanks and reconciliation.
I was also mildly surprised to find my self delighted that Jeremy Corbin had been elected...I had no vote having left the Labour Party after our invasion of Iraq but listening to Jeremy speak yesterday it felt almost like a coming home...back to the Labour Party I grew up with!
This may not play well with the electorate I realise and I'm sure the long knives are being sharpened as I type but for the moment any determined opposition to the Conservative social policies can only be good...
A return to proper socialist aspirations would make a very welcome change...I have never really felt comfortable with New Labour but that I'm afraid is evidence of my age rather than my politics!
We are in a very interesting phase of politics...it's got my attention anyway and I wish the newly elected odd couple well....it's going to be a very interesting few years!