|Lord Glasman, pioneer of 'Blue Labour'|
Blue Labour has largely been a vanity project for Glasman, but he still needed a number of like-minded thinkers (if 'thinkers' is the word) to make it work. His extreme anti-immigrant comments to the Tory press have, however, alienated allies like Jon Cruddas - who, whatever his faults, is still anti-racist.
A vital part of Blue Labour's appeal was its orientation on the right-wing press. Just think about the name: hardly a great idea if you want to win supporters inside the Labour Party, but provocative, catchy and distinctive enough to get commentators and editors salivating. After the hacking scandal, it is no longer quite so sexy to have a direct line to influential media insiders.
So the timing of Glasman's nasty little attack on immigration was far from ideal. Not only were his prejudices unpalatable to a number of fellow Blue Labourites, but it was hardly the moment for using a right-wing rag to convey your ideas.
Glasman's whole routine is founded on shameless populism, propagating the foul idea that Labour must pander to prejudices supposedly synonymous with working class people to be electable. Flag, faith and family - but definitely no foreigners - is the core of the project. This - rather than fighting cuts, defending the NHS or redressing inequality - is apparently how working class votes can be won.
The hacking scandal has already weakened the Blairites on the hard right of the Labour Party (it is they who have previously been most shameless in their sycophancy to Murdoch). This latest episode suggests incoherence and disarray in these same circles.
If Ed Miliband has an ounce of sense he will create considerable distance between himself and Glasman, instead of vainly scampering after the latest novelty 'fresh way of thinking', however superficial, confused or obnoxious it may be.
See 'The end of Blue Labour'