Claims to have rejoined Labour. Allegedly
So who was to be the beneficiary of this generous endorsement, which they could well do without? Would Hodges deploy his great influence (OK I’m not being totally serious here) to support initial front runner Andy Burnham, still the best prospect to bring all strands of the party together? Ah, but Dan doesn’t do that kind of reasoning: his is the sort of support that comes after hearing just one speech.
Oh, and, for a Telegraph pundit, the backing of the deeply subversive Guardian, just to show a little more of that flexibility of principle: “Guardian comes out for Yvette Cooper”. Was he serious? “Joking aside, given their readership, that's a gutsy editorial from the Guardian”. I’ll take that as an indication that he was indeed serious.
Yes, Dan is backing Yvette: “Final time. If you want a woman to lead Labour you're actually going to have to vote for one. Sorry. I know it's a pain. But there it is … OK, how do I get an Yvette twin that doesn't actually make me look like Yvette. She doesn't need this at the moment”. And then he put the ball in his own net.
What could the sage of Buckingham Palace Road have meant? “Not twin, twibbon … Please help support Yvette for Labour Leader, add a #Twibbon now!” It’s not going too well, this supporting Ms Cooper, is it? He sort of conceded that it wasn’t: “OK, think I"ve got it sorted. Sorry Yvette. If you lose, blame me”.
So why not Burnham? “Andy Burnham has run the worst campaign of any serious candidate for a serious political office I've ever seen”. Note he waits until now to tell the world. Then comes “And despite that, Andy will still be getting my second preference. Which tells you everything you need to know about this benighted contest”.
Riiight. And remember, folks, this is why he’s backing her: “Not sure whether or not Yvette Cooper's intervention will prove decisive. But it's clear it's got Corbyn's supporters rattled”. I doubt that any of Corbyn’s supporters even noticed, let alone got rattled. If anyone should have been rattled, it should have been Yvette Cooper’s campaign.