The faux scenes of remorse the North Korean people are forced to display over the death of the departed monster Kim Jong il, for some reason reminds me how Labour Party members must really feel having to back their own leader, with fulsome praise and a delusional(?)belief that he can change the party's electoral fortunes.
It didn't start well for Ed Miliband that he stuck a knife in his brother's back to gain the leadership and, no matter how much Labour supporters convince themselves otherwise, the general public just do not see him as Prime Minister material. Too nasal,too school debate in his delivery. However, it was always going to be difficult for whoever led the party in opposition, especially since the country is still firmly of the belief that the previous Labour governments spent unwisely and failed to respond to the financial crisis.
No matter that the majority feel the upper-crust Tory leadership, under David Cameron, still represents the higher classes, polls show the country believes the current Prime Minister is more trustworthy than Ed Miliband, or any Labour politician for that matter.
It may make most of us a little queasy for thinking it, but generally those of us who don't rely on benefits do like it that the government is tackling the welfare state and, in particular, the problem of the work-shy. Even bleeding heart social workers have to recognise that there are those out there who really do believe that the country owes them, but they owe nothing in return.
Of course, the unemployed and the vulnerable should be protected and the majority on benefits are worthy cases, but in communities up and down the country generations of the same families are professional scroungers, seemingly immune to any efforts to get them off the dole. Ed Miliband's attacks on the government's attempts to deal with the work-shy and to overhaul the benefits system is resented by hard-working people.
Labour did do some good things during its time in government, but sadly concentrated more on internal in-fighting than running the country with due diligence. Tony Blair sold the country's integrity to lay the groundwork for his own future career and Gordon Brown dragged us all down with a mentality that was bitter and twisted. It will be sometime before the country forgets their betrayal.
What of Ed Miliband? He will, of course, still be leader for the next General Election and he will, of course, lose. Following defeat he will either resign or be overthrown by someone who will have to re-brand the party(again),or keep it unelectable for many years to come.
Mr Cameron's main concern right now is not Labour, but his ability to keep the Coalition on course, with the Liberal Democrats failing to inspire any confidence and his own party's anti-EU sceptics guaranteed to make life difficult in 2012. When the General Election comes, will the economy have turned enough to guarantee him victory for the Conservatives, without the need for a partner?