On the face of it, it is a story more reminiscent of a bitter Armando Iannucci satire than a real life election: the barmy hirsute socialist boosted onto the ballot by the naivety of colleagues; the baby-faced fanboy squealing in the wings; the 'Blairite Taliban' mudslinging faux pas; and of course the titular hashtag of this piece. Yet this is what the Labour leadership contest has descended into: a farcical interpretation of 'democracy.'
Let's start with the bickering and convenient leak-and-deny statements. This is what you get when your party is in disarray and has such a gaping leadership vacuum - the knives come out and all semblance of unity dissipates. It's also what you get when you have three middling candidates operating within the same small patch of the political spectrum, scrabbling and scrambling to get a leg up on the opposition. Labour have brought this ridiculous situation on themselves, and of course this is without mention of the wondrous comedy of errors that is the Jeremy Corbyn factor.
Despite the likes of Corbyn superfan Owen Jones yammering on about how Labour should push hard left - and laughably comparing the Tory view of Jezza to Labour's thoughts on Thatcher prior to her winning the Conservative leadership - he is a disaster for the party. What began as a small, ill-informed, but ultimately good-natured charitable inclusion on the ballot to ensure that all parts of the party felt their views are represented (thousands of column inches have already been devoted on what a silly premise that is, by both parties) has snowballed into a more grave issue for them. With Burnham, Cooper and Kendall knocking lumps out of each other without shining themselves, Corbyn and his wacky socialist rhetoric have stolen a march on the other three - just look at the reaction he received in the BBC-televised hustings on Wednesday evening (admittedly in front of an unusually partisan far left audience).
Even the Tories - amid derisive chortling - realise how bad this could be for the left, hence the #ToriesForCorbyn campaign suggesting that concerned right-wingers might want to consider investing the lofty sum of three English pounds for the rights to have their vote count in the Labour election. Of course, Labour are now desperately back-peddling and trying to change their brand new election rules on the fly: cue more mirth. If the BBC didn't have their own problems with spending right now, there's no doubt they'd be on the phone bidding for the rights - although audiences just might find the story too unbelievable.