I have been in the company of a fair few Conservatives today; some association bigwigs and other Tory councillors. All of them believe Diane Abbott is a joke candidate and will fall flat on her face.
Are we right to think this?
I have also spoken to two Labour members today. One is bored rigid by the whole process and seemed not to care who won or lost. However the other - a woman, it must be said - declared that she would vote for Abbott as her first choice, supporting the outsider but knowing she would lose, and then use her second vote for her "serious choice". (A thought ran through my mind if a new AV voting system may also lead to these sort of outcomes). If a number of Labour members, Trade Unionists or the like think the same then maybe Ms Abbott will do better than we think she will?