If you have a vote in the Labour leadership election and are still dithering about who you think will be the best person to lead the party time is running out.
This paid up Labour member voted as soon as she received voting papers; she voted online as it saves the Labour party much needed money as opposed to using a postal vote.
Curious who got my vote? Well if you have read earlier posts you should know that Andy Burnham is my choice for leading the Labour party for the next five years and to election success in 2020.
My vote for deputy went to Tom Watson as for me the two men will complement each other well partly as they differ rather than being one and the same.
Any election has risks and the Labour party could become stronger or disappear into political oblivion unless they can attract voters.
People who vote with political allegiance to the same party are a dying breed-I am a one.
Five years down the road floating voters, some who may have had a say in the 2015 Labour leader election as a cut-price affiliated member, may have swanned off to pastures new; many after all vote with their wallet and opt for the party that is offering them personally the best deal.
But the political landscape is changing and as time moves on it is out with the old and in with the new; that can be a mixed blessing as new is not always best and neither is rehashed politics.
The Labour party has to hope that the swell in party members, mainly due to the leadership race, has longevity.
Many voting age adults in the UK never exercise their right to vote. If real change in British politics is imminent that will have to change.
As the older generation gradually shuffle off the young need to step up to the mark.
Jeremy Corbyn in many ways offers old style Labour politics and traditionally they did not lead to General Election success. But with a new generation of voters 'coming of age' perhaps it is time to go full circle and back to the party’s socialist roots.
However if that leads to a Labour party split, ineffective opposition of term after term of Conservative government what is the point of principles?
The Labour party need the right mix of principles, heart and election friendly policies to win in 2020.
As I cannot see into the future the conclusion at this time has to be Andy Burnham, as party leader, with Tom Watson, as deputy, leading a winning team in 2020.
Note: In the Labour leadership elections, you have until 12 noon on Thursday September 10 to cast your vote. The new Leader and Deputy Leader will be announced on Saturday September 12-use your votes well.
The candidates for leader are Andy Burnham, Jeremy Corbyn, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall.