Issues such as these will continue to dominate the headlines surrounding the Labour leadership all the time there is little else to choose between the candidates.
Policies are being dripped out from each candidate with little sign of a 'manifesto' being issued. Some are claiming that these are the policies that they want to fight the 2020 election on which will come as a surprise to many, especially as the party itself hasn't been involved in developing those policies.
Positions so far relate to accepting or rejecting the policies from the General Election. The decision appears based on what was popular or unpopular rather than being informed by the candidates' vision of the future.
Until the candidates can set out some clear statements of intent and show how they fundamentally differ from one another, these skirmishes will continue.
Helen Goodman's decision to back Yvette Cooper as the next Labour leader because she is a "working mum" has been criticised by a rival's campaign chief.Toby Perkins, who is leading Liz Kendall's leadership campaign, said it suggested a "paucity of intellectual argument" on behalf of Ms Goodman.Labour needed a serious debate about its future direction, he said.