Peter Kellner was making a cogent case that Labour's political difficulties go much deeper than the personality of the leader.
I don’t think Gordon Brown’s personality is at the core of Labour’s problem. I think it goes much deeper than that. Could Gordon do more to speak human? Yes, I’m sure he could. But I am not sure it is a massive contribution to Labour’s problems, nor would a massive change make much difference.
Lammy was warm and generous about Gordon Brown, and argued against the idea of their being a template for political leadership. But he also set out a fascinating checklist for effective political leadership;
I believe we will see Gordon Brown set out his vision and values powerfully to the conference on Tuesday. And I believe that politics accommodates different kinds of characters in political leadership.
I think there are six things you need to be effective in political leadership
To be a public communicator
To be able to express a strong vision
To have political skill
To have organisational capacity, to get people to do things for you.
To have a cognitive intelligence
To have an emotional intelligence
And what we see is that both of the US candidates have those things in abundance.