As you head down to Brighton to address your first Labour Conference as the Leader of the party, may I offer you only one word to carry with you:
You are electable. In a democracy, nobody is unelectable. In a democracy, by definition, every citizen who has the right to vote also has the right to stand for election and be voted for.
The very term ‘unelectable’ is profoundly undemocratic. It’s a term made up by those who are already in positions of power and who don’t want the people, the electorate, to have any say in anything, least of all in who shares this power and to what end.
When somebody says you are unelectable, what they really mean is that you are unpalatable to them because they expect that you will not dance to their tune; nor play their tune for that matter, because they can’t call you their piper and pay you.
Prove them right in this part of their expectation only: that you will not yield or succumb, but stand up for those of us who have voted for you. You cannot let us down by staying true to yourself and to the principles you’ve outlined, nor by being honest, fair minded and democratic.
You can only let us down by doing what too many ‘leaders’ before you have done: sell out at the first whiff of power to those already in power and betraying those who have given you your mandate with trust and hope.
Trust and hope are the currency you are invested with. They are, as you of course know, but as too many before you in Labour and in the other parties have chosen to forget to our despair, not a price that can be put on things, but part of the value of an open, humane and genuinely wealthy society in which everybody can fulfil their potential.
Your job will not be easy and those who have shored themselves up in their consensus of what power is and who should hold it will not let go or make way without fuss. But you have a singular window of opportunity to convince enough people in this country that things can be different: the next four and a half years. That’s plenty, it’s enough.
And you have us: we are here to support you. I have now joined a political party for the first time in my life for this one purpose only: to help you succeed in accomplishing the formidable task you have taken on. Hope and trust, Jeremy.
(Oh, and a couple of tenners I put on you to be the next Prime Minister; not 'just in case', but because #JezWeCan.)
Good luck, good spirits and good courage!