At last! Something for English sports fans to celebrate . . .

England’s travelling hordes won’t be blowing their own vuvuzelas this summer.

Blessed relief for cricket fans here and Down Under -- the Barmy Army, England's inimitable band of travelling supporters, has banned its members from taking vuvuzelas on this summer's Ashes tour.

The plastic horns gained inexplicable popularity during the football World Cup in South Africa, where row upon row of spectators could be seen parping away, seemingly blissfully ignorant of the aural trauma they were causing audiences the world over.

Whether any cricket fans were actually planning to pack a vuvuzela for the Australia tour is unclear. What can be said with some certainty is that even the faintest prospect of a whole Test match's worth of low-pitched droning is too dreadful to contemplate.

As the Barmy Army co-founder Paul Burnham acutely noted: "We don't want to upset any of the other fans or annoy the authorities at any of the grounds with the constant drowning noise of the vuvuzelas."

If only this searing insight had occurred to someone involved in organising South Africa 2010!

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Benn vs McDonnell: how Brexit has exposed the fight over Labour's party machine

In the wake of Brexit, should Labour MPs listen more closely to voters, or their own party members?

Two Labour MPs on primetime TV. Two prominent politicians ruling themselves out of a Labour leadership contest. But that was as far as the similarity went.

Hilary Benn was speaking hours after he resigned - or was sacked - from the Shadow Cabinet. He described Jeremy Corbyn as a "good and decent man" but not a leader.

Framing his overnight removal as a matter of conscience, Benn told the BBC's Andrew Marr: "I no longer have confidence in him [Corbyn] and I think the right thing to do would be for him to take that decision."

In Benn's view, diehard leftie pin ups do not go down well in the real world, or on the ballot papers of middle England. 

But while Benn may be drawing on a New Labour truism, this in turn rests on the assumption that voters matter more than the party members when it comes to winning elections.

That assumption was contested moments later by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.

Dismissive of the personal appeal of Shadow Cabinet ministers - "we can replace them" - McDonnell's message was that Labour under Corbyn had rejuvenated its electoral machine.

Pointing to success in by-elections and the London mayoral election, McDonnell warned would-be rebels: "Who is sovereign in our party? The people who are soverign are the party members. 

"I'm saying respect the party members. And in that way we can hold together and win the next election."

Indeed, nearly a year on from Corbyn's surprise election to the Labour leadership, it is worth remembering he captured nearly 60% of the 400,000 votes cast. Momentum, the grassroots organisation formed in the wake of his success, now has more than 50 branches around the country.

Come the next election, it will be these grassroots members who will knock on doors, hand out leaflets and perhaps even threaten to deselect MPs.

The question for wavering Labour MPs will be whether what they trust more - their own connection with voters, or this potentially unbiddable party machine.