McDonnell, in particular, is more than familiar with the 2007 Labour leadership 'election'. Brown wasn't even elected by his own party, let alone the electorate. He was crowned Prime Minister unopposed. The only other challenger was none other than McDonnell himself, albeit he failed to garner enough nominations to get on the ballot. Maybe next time John.
Despite the impressive line-up of MPs planning to address the riff-raff, the Facebook page for today's demo has so far only attracted a couple of hundred people, despite the best efforts of little Owen and his incessant tweeting. No doubt things will pick up throughout the day and the media will gleefully report organisers' estimates of one million protesters (again). OK, well maybe not this time.