Unendorsed even by Carwyn Jones, Owen Smith can only lose with something resembling dignity by having his supporters on the Labour Party's staff suspend the membership of, among other people, the General Secretary of an affiliated trade union.
Clearing out the staff ought to have been the first thing that Jeremy Corbyn did. I would have gone round to one of their houses, to point and laugh as the bailiffs took away his furniture. This year, I intend to do precisely that.
Meanwhile, a man who has just given two million pounds to the Lib Dems remains in receipt of the Labour Whip in Parliament itself.
And Durham County Council has let it be known that, in express defiance of Corbyn, it will not be giving justice to its Teaching Assistants. At best, they can expect a "compensation" payment that would not pay for a family holiday these days.
The 57 Labour councillors who passed this are objectively "worse than the Tories", who abstained, and far worse than the Independents and the Lib Dems, who voted against it. Their membership of the Labour Party is very literally bringing it into disrepute.
I do not want to join a party of which they are members. I believe that they ought all to lose their seats next year. I will be contesting the Lanchester Ward to that end.
This photograph will feature prominently in my campaign.