Even if he is sincere, then he has chosen his supporters.
But in any case, they want to go through this whole thing again next year, in order to replace him, in turn, with David Miliband.
Thank goodness that Jeremy Corbyn is going to wipe the floor with him.
The only way for Smith to lose with a relatively dignified 30 per cent of the vote is for 130,000 people to be barred from voting at all.
Although there is a rumour that he supports the Durham Teaching Assistants.
If that is so, then he ought to say it. Clearly, publicly, and in writing.
A letter to the Northern Echo would do.