Hot on the heels of an Attorney General who is incapable of adhering to laws which she created, and a Deputy Leader who believes that rules of the road don't apply to her, comes more laughable incompetence from Labour.
Charlotte Gore posted eloquently as to why Gordon Brown's conference announcement on housing teen mums in communal homes was not only a poor idea, but also deeply flawed in its motivation.
It didn't take long for other commentators to spot that this was a rehash of a formerly discarded Labour idea, and the BNP were delighted to see one of their own conference suggestions being turned into Labour election policy.
It was, without doubt, the most discussed announcement in Brown's speech, and would have left Daily Mirror journalists facing a real problem after they had vehemently condemned the BNP for mooting it just a month before.
A right top drawer political cock-up, then.
I had just pulled up at a BP petrol pump when I heard it announced by Brown, and I was in fits! While collecting my Nectar reward points, I was still giggling and shaking my head in wonderment as to how this quite ludicrous idea had managed to squirrel its way into the make-or-break speech of a beleaguered leader, at a time of key importance to his government's political survival.
Via the Wall Street Journal, the answer, it would seem, is simple (and literal) Brown-trousered cowardice.
Well, over to that exasperated Labour aide: “Do you know when the decision was finally taken by Gordon to drop the commitment to debate Cameron from the speech? At 1:30 in the morning on the day of his speech, that’s when he decided. At that point there’s panic. Quick, who has some substance we can use to fill the hole in the speech? That’s when they quickly re-heat the stuff about putting single mothers in state-care homes, and chuck it in. At… 1… 30… in the morning of the speech.”
Yep, it was just chucked in there as a bit of polyfilla over the big crack of Brown's reluctance to commit to a televised debate.
The list of Labourites who shouldn't be put in charge of so much as a whelk stall just gets longer by the day, and the incompetence stretches from numpty PPCs right up to the highest echelons.
And these are the people who believe they are qualified to preach to us about how we should live our lives. Perhaps they should take that huge plank out of their eye and look up guts, honesty, integrity and common sense in the dictionary first.
H/T Alex Massie