Compass have announced a ballot of members on their recommendation for the Deputy Leader. In a bit of an Animal Farm moment the animals who are more equal than others (aka The Management Committee), brainy enough to walk on their hind legs and rich enough through their exploitation of the great unwashed to wear human clothes, have recommended that the lowlier farmyard favourites recommend Jon Cruddas. That's right, a recommendation on a recommendation.
Not assisted by the way by the refusal of cabinet ministers to join in the hustings for this dangerous Trotskyite organisation until the hare and the dogs are running. (Not quite enough of those animal allusions yet, Buck up. Ed)
But this is not the only cart before the horse in topsy turvey Compass land. The question of the leadership recommendation has not been raised and to Brown's embarrassment these Trots are being described as his backers when they recommend Tabloid-unfriendly walloping tax rises. Truly excellent politics from Neal and Co.
Compass should have a debate about the Leadership ahead of the relatively unimportant Deputy contest. The latter cannot be a surrogate for the whole direction-of-travel question. Given their opposition to marketisation and the handling of and possibly very fact of the Iraq Invasion, Occupation and Civil War it is a mystery how they can back Brown without at least formulating a few woolly Think Pieces about letting him off on their main criteria.
STAGGERING TRIVIA: The pony in the above picture appears to be called "Blair". The driver less usefully is not called Lawson or Cruddas but happens to be called Tiffy.