It doesn’t take the sharpest political mind to point out the bleedin’ obvious.

So Sir John Major’s assertion that Labour has become “institutionally careless” during its 10 years in power does tend to elicit the response: “Hmmm…and?”

Tell us something we don’t know.

But what really singles out the former Prime Minister’s interview are his comments on Labour sleaze.

Despite acknowledging that “lots of people misbehaved” whilst he ruled the roost at 10 Downing Street, the ex-PM adds the rather useless proviso that most did so on an individual basis (does that include his own failings with a certain high-profile colleague?).

He then goes on to castigate Labour for similar indiscretions, even going as far as suggesting Tony Blair should issue a public apology for taking the high moral ground over Tory sleaze and then failing to stay whiter than white himself.

Would that be an apology along the lines of the ones issued by Lady Thatcher and Sir John himself?

It is little wonder so many are disillusioned with British politics.

Labour is doing a grand job of shooting itself in the foot.

The Tories have still not managed to shake off the Thatcherite legacy and the Major greyness that enveloped the party in the 1990s.

The Liberal Democrats cannot even fight amongst themselves properly, let alone sustain a battle against the other parties.

And none of the other parties – Plaid Cymru, SNP, UKIP, the Greens etc – have hardly shown a refreshing change from the depressing norm, whilst the one issue candidates, the fringe and extremists are happy enough to pick up the stragglers for their 15 minutes in the spotlight.

Where did it all go wrong?

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