I always thought the members decided by secret ballot who becomes the next Labour leader. It seems the media gets in on the act too.
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard the word ‘modernizer’ prefacing a candidate’s name.
For example, James Landale, the BBC’s Old Etonian and contemporary of David Cameron, will claim that “Yvette Cooper is a modernizer” and Chuka Umunna is known as a modernizer”. It seems to me that the word ‘modernizer’ is a euphemistic way of claiming “this is a candidate who has the approval of Britain’s Tory-dominated media” but which also suggests “they won’t be beholden to the unions”.
It means “this is a Plastic Tory”, doesn’t it?