The most depressing thing about this is that it was so unnecessary. He could easily have come out cautiously in favour of the strike, and suffered only mild flak from the right-wing press. He could have prepared the ground for a gradual reconstruction of pragmatic Labour populism. Not only would this have been the right thing to do, it would also have been successful.
Sometime soon, somebody will have the guts to do this. But, in a quick flash of cowardice and sheer mundane stupidity, Ed is finished.
I say this with absolutely no relish, though with some hope that his successor will learn from the monumental lack of character, principle, and imagination displayed here.