When Tony Blair speaks, people still sit up and listen. His electoral record effectively gives him permission to express views and his comments today show that he still understands the Labour Party in a way that many others, including within the party, do not.

His views are forthright and clear, contrasting with the current batch of leadership contenders, Jeremy Corbyn aside.

His analysis of why the party lost the General Election and how it should react will chime with many members and the electorate as well. Whether the leadership contenders are listening though is a different point.

The Blair era is considered tainted and one that distance needs to be put between.

Labour is facing a clear choice about its future electability.