The Mole, who is ignored at peril according to Guido, has suggested that John Reid has privately assured Gordon Brown that he will not throw his jackboots into the ring when the leadership is up for grabs. Some have speculated that this leaves John Hutton as the man preparing to be a kamikazee for the Blairites.
There is a view emerging among Westminster hacks that the Blairites will not stand anyone for leader or deputy leader, but will instead use the threat of a candidacy to protect their seat at the table. Their aim is to become a decent sized faction within the Brown camp, rather than a beaten and weak faction on the outside looking in.
It is an interesting idea – but the threat of Hutton now throwing his hand is hardly the political equivalent of North Korea getting the bomb… Will the Brownites be frightened?