Tomorrow’s Guardian reveals Gordon Brown is pressing Tony Blair for a public endorsement of his candidacy in an attempt to stem Labour’s damaging public leadership split, and head off Mr Brown’s fear that Blairites will field a rival contender when Mr Blair finally steps down early next year.
You know what Gordon? It's like David Cameron being asked if would mind awfully stepping aside for DD to assume his rightful mantle. Gordon mate, it just ain't gonna happen. Get used to it.
An ICM poll for the Guardian shows that more than two thirds of the electorate wants a contest, with only a quarter wanting a coronation. Just over half of voters think that the party would have a better chance of winning the next general election under another leader with only with only a third believing the chancellor is the best bet. The poll also shows that half of all voters want Mr Blair out by the end of the year and almost two in five think he should quit now.
Now what will all those Labour MPs in marginal seats make of all this. I suspect the Sunday newspapers will enable us to find out...