This is the wrong time for my candidacy says he; it has already subjected his family to unwelcomed attention and pressure from the media. The press intrudes; that's what it does and it began some time ago. More recently, since announcing his candidacy and going for such a coveted prize, Umunna would always be targeted for extreme scrutiny for very obvious reasons. Did he not know that? As an inexperienced novice, he would be hung, drawn and quartered.
The outcome of the Leveson inquiry into phone hacking and the ethics and culture of the British press has had little to no effect; it failed to rein in the excesses of the media's pack mentality when it sets upon the latest prey. Why has the other two candidates who declared at the same time as Umunna not received the same level of scrutiny and harassment? Is it something to do with Umunna's 'Savile Row' suits or his 'sleek' performance? Or is there something distinctly 'exotic' and 'unknown other' about him?
I have no doubt that as time went on, it would have been vicious, especially from the British Tea Party, as well as mainstream commentators. Obama and his entire extended family, his identity and religion were dissected and vilified. The racism was overt. He survived two whole terms (almost) under a barrage of outrageous abusive. One needs a very steely backbone indeed Chuka; good job you found out now rather than later after the floodgates had opened.