Yesterday I thought that Jon Cruddas was playing a clever game. But now he seems to have gone over the top. He is billed as appearing on the platform at the Opening Plenary Session of a Morning Star Conference on 16 June entitled "Politics After Blair". He will be alongside the paper's editor, John Haylett.
Other speakers include Salma Yaqoob(Respect), Andrew Murray(Stop-the-War Coalition), Kate Hudson(CND), Rob Griffiths(Communist Party of Great Britain), Bob Crow(RMT), Tony Benn, Ken Livingstone and John McDonnell.
Does Jon really want us to believe that he is part of this camp? And will those attracted by the Conference really believe that he has become one of them? His appearence does not worry me, but in moving to embrace the Hard Left is he not in danger of alienating some of his existing supporters who have not yet filled in their ballot papers?
Jon is in danger of losing his Compass.