First off, Twitter.
Andy Burnham, 76.8k followers
Yvette Cooper, 66.9k followers
Jeremy Corbyn, 33.6k followers
Mary Creagh, 18.3k followers
Liz Kendall, 32.3k followers
How about their leadership campaigns on the Facebook?
Andy Burnham, 4,485 likes
Yvette Cooper, 12k likes
Jeremy Corbyn, 17k likes
Mary Creagh, 2,863 likes
Liz Kendall, 2,427 likes
What about the LabourList leadership survey? 1,912 people took part.
Andy Burnham - 13%
Yvette Cooper - 9%
Jeremy Corbyn - 47%
Mary Creagh - 3%
Liz Kendall - 11%
DK/NOA - 17%
And lastly, how are things shaping up on the MPs nominations front?
Andy Burnham – 65
Yvette Cooper – 56
Jeremy Corbyn – 17
Mary Creagh – 8
Liz Kendall – 40
Overall, Jeremy isn't doing too badly. If social media is the measure of such things, it at least suggests he has the best-organised grassroots. It's the MP nominations that count, and luckily for him Andy has come out and said he would use his surplus nominations to ensure others get on the leadership ballot. After all, Burnham himself stayed in the 2010 contest thanks to David Miliband sharing the love with him and Diane Abbott. But not John McDonnell.
Clearly, it is in the interests of our party and our movement for Jez to make the final cut, whatever you might think of his politics. And again, no one doubts that he works hard for his constituents and the causes he promotes. But then this was tweeted my the honorable for Eltham earlier today:
It seems that everyone possible has contacted me about supporting @Corbyn4Leader except @jeremycorbyn himself!— Clive Efford (@CliveEfford) June 12, 2015
One could read so much into this, so I'm going to do just that. If Jeremy is serious about his leadership campaign, how has this happened? Being on the left of the party he should surely know that to win or to maximise your impact, you need to organise. If we take this instance of Jeremy's reticence to pick up the dog and bone and speak to a colleague, what could it mean. It suggests to me three possible things.
1. Jeremy is completely hapless at organising and won't do the work necessary to mount a serious challenge, which says far more about him than Labour's alleged hostility to left wing social democratic politics.
2. Everyone knows he's not going to win. So rather than see matters strategically in terms of shifting political discussion inside the party and in the country, he's sitting on his hands. If you're not going to get anywhere, why make the effort?
3. Is Jeremy channelling his inner Machiavelli? By not making the final cut, Jeremy and his comrades can play the martyrs card from here on in. As some depart for barren political pastures, Jeremy consolidates his position as chief champion of lost causes. There's another hard-done-to myth that can be dined out on for years to come.
The question is going begged. What is Jeremy Corbyn playing at?
10:20pm Update So it turns out that Jeremy is not going to accept transfers from other MPs. Apparently, he only wants nominations that are freely made. Pitiful. Is his candidacy incompetent, unserious, and cynical? Yes, it is.
8:40am Update I've been reliably informed there is no cynicism here, nor is Jeremy's position on nominations as self-defeating as it appears to be. He prefers that they be freely made. In that case, I humbly suggest that Jeremy begins canvassing the undecideds - if he hasn't already.