Brown’s defeat in 2010 was the start of a run of four election defeats for Labour, something that last happened between 1979 and 1992.
Since it became a party of government in the 1920s it has never lost five in a row.
A year ago, in the immediate aftermath of its worst showing since the 1930s, that looked highly likely.
Second, there was no mention of nationalisation – a big part of Jeremy Corbyn’s platform at both the 2017 and 2019 elections.
Andrew Scattergood, co-chair of the pressure group Momentum, said after the Mais lecture that it was not enough for Labour to be more competent managers of the same rigged system, but Starmer and Dodds probably won’t lose too much sleep about being taken to task for not offering something bigger and bolder.