The crux seems to me whether Labour can choose a leader who has not done a deal with Murdoch. Brown was Murdoch’s safety play, now looking very wobbly. Johnson is Murdoch’s next Labour thoroughbred in line to be pushed forwards if Brown stumbles. But what if a Murdoch-non-aligned leader came to the fore?
With Cameron not playing Murdoch games, (and paying a price for not doing so), if a Labour leader came to the fore who refused to play Murdoch games, say Charles Clarke, then power would flood back into Parliament, and the media years started by John Major and perfected by New Labour would be over.
Labour MP’s must surely like the smell of that.