Towards the end of his premiership, Harold Macmillan carried out a reshuffle which became known as the Night of the Long Knives. Tony Blair is currently undertaking his equivalent. Sky have just reported that Charles Clarke is out (he turned down Foreign Secretary without Europe) and that Prescott will stay in his current role as Deputy PM. Hmmm. I still think he may be foreced out over the sex scandals. Blair would therefore be wise to strip him of his portfolio responsibilities. Straw is following ex Foreign Secretaries Geoffrey Howe and Robin Cook to be Leader of the House. If he had any pride he'd have told Blair where to go.
10.45 Margaret Beckett to be Foreign Secretary. I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Can you imagine her and Condi getting on? What on earth would she have to say to George Bush.
10.46 Charles Clarke making live statement. He's been replaced by John Reid. He's obviously deeply hurt by Blair's decision to move him. He's a proud man and he obviously feels badly treated.
10.52: Hain & Jowell to stay in their jobs. So I had a duff steer on Stephen Byers then. Oh well! Fun while it lasted.