In response to, “Nick Wood: Dave is praying that Ed makes it through the night”, SimonToo wrote:
Not that Labour has any history of knifing its leaders. That dubious reputation rests with the Conservatives.” The removal of inadequate leaders is a strength and a virtue. The slavish following of unsuitable leaders is a weakness and a vice. The fawning on a failed leader is the act of servile authoritarians, those who believe that leadership is a right, not a privilege. That used to be one of the abiding vices of Labour and the left generally. It is a vice into which the Conservative party has recently slipped.
A once leading light of the Conservatives described the power structure of the party as autocracy tempered by assassination. The Chinese describe the process elegantly as losing the mantle of heaven. It is vital for pursuing an effectively led organisation.