Tony Blair's endorsement this morning of Gordon Brown was about the least enthusiastic endorsement I have ever heard. Yes, the words were all there, but he was uncharacteristically hesitant and unconvincing. We all know he would have liked a Blairite candidate to stand against Gordon Brown but like Margaret Thatcher, he failed to groom a successor in his own image.
One other thing. Labour's events people really do need to do something about their autocue screens. Their positioning yesterday at Trimdon was awful and at Gordon Brown's launch this morning it is even worse. Sky's cameras can't get a front-on shot of him and all they can see is an autocue screen. The whole point of autocue it to make it look as if you are speaking off the cuff. If the screens are too visible you might as well have a scripted text.