Opinion: We are two-days away from the Labour leadership election result but the smear-a-day campaign trundles on.
Thursday it is David Miliband.
The mainstream media are running with the story that David Miliband has written a stinging article condemning Jeremy Corbyn as unelectable. Yes that old chestnust that drip feeds into the minds of some and becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
It is gathering pace like a round robin as the media run with various versions of the story.
It strikes me as odd that ordinary working people struggling with all that life throws at them are being suspended from the Labour Party for using angry words on social media but people like David Miliband, and my MP Alan Johnson, are allowed a free rein to attack and undermine us all in the mainstream media.
Labour MPs on the right of the party such as Wes Streeting are tweeting it is worth reading Miliband's article but one man on social media hits the nail on the head.
"Aaron BastaniTwitter › AaronBastani "David Miliband earns £425,000 as head of refugee charity International Rescue ibt.uk/A6RUR?utm_sou… he ain't fighting no by-elections!"
In other words those who think he may be about to step back into British politics for real are deluded but it does not stop him sticking the knife in.
Little wonder David Miliband like other Labour fat cats Peter Mandelson, Tony Blair, Ed Balls, Alastair Campbell et al do not want real Labour politics with Jeremy Corbyn in pole position.
Is it really because voters will not go for Corbyn or that THEY do not want such politics?
David Miliband was expected to be elected leader of the Labour Party back in 2010 but he lost out to his younger brother Ed.
"David Wright Miliband (born 15 July 1965) is a British Labour Party politician, charity chief executive and public policy analyst who was the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from 2007 to 2010 and MP for South Shields from 2001 to 2013."
David said he would not serve in Ed's shadow cabinet as he did not want the two brother's to be compared and presumably Ed somehow undermined. He left politics in 2013 triggering a by-election and moved on to pastures new.
He took up the posts of President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee in New York City.
But he has always been in the mix and in some people's eyes remains a natural successor to Tony Blair.
The BBC reports ""The main charge against Jeremy Corbyn is not just that his strategy is undesirable because it makes the party unelectable. That is only half the story. "The real issue is that his strategy makes the party unelectable because it is in many aspects undesirable" but undesirable for whom we wonder?
Voting closed Wednesday at high noon but the right-wing of the Labour Party appears to have no intention of embracing the leadership election winner if it is Jeremy Corbyn.
They continue to call Corbyn supporters hard-left and themselves moderates or centrists but who are they trying to kid?
Though political pundits are predicting a win for Mr Corbyn remember such poll predictions have been wrong before.
With a large number of eligible voters removed it could be a tight result.
First it was a ridiculously early date for eligibility, then it was changes to the cost of being an affiliated supporter, then it was people removed in many cases for silly or non-existent comments on social media, it moved on to those who heaven forbid may have supported another political party in the past and possibly finally tens of thousands who did not receive ballot papers in time.
Was the latter incompetence or foul play?
Look at those ruled out of voting for any of the above reasons and you tend to find Jeremy Corbyn supporters.
This has led to most people drawing to the conclusion that a fix is on. Whether it will be enough to return Owen Smith as party leader is doubtful but stranger things have happened and are continuing to happen.
And as always you need to follow the money trail.
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