Is he worth his odds-on favourite status?
In the betting on the Labour leadership race the best you can get on David Miliband is a miserly 4/11.
At this stage I think that this is crazy. By the time we get to the voting the the party will have digested last week’s defeat and thought more about what they are looking for.
I don’t rule out the combative Ed Balls who could be seen as the best opposition leader to hold Cameron to account. He’ll also do well in the union and MP sections of the electoral college.
The televised debates will be critical – Labour will want someone able to perform well in such an arena and I’m far from convinced about David Miliband’s abilities here
I am laying the former foreign secretary on the exchanges.