I must admit I thought it would take the Labour plotters longer than four days into September to create trouble, but Charles Clarke always was like a bull in a china shop. His rantings have been covered extensively elsewhere so I won't say too much more, but I think it is safe to say that the other Labour rebels will now see this as a green light to restart their machinations.
One spanner in the works is that I have picked up that Gordon Brown is considering surprising everyone by holding a snap reshuffle on Monday. If he does so, it is a very high risk strategy indeed, seeing as his Chancellor ruled one out last week, and all the signals from Downing Street lately have been that any reshuffle would not take place until after the conferences. A reshuffle next week would give Cabinet Ministers very little time to read into their new subjects before the start of the Labour conference a fortnight later.
The big question, of course, is what he intends doing with the Chancellor and Foreign Secretary. I don't think he is strong enough to move Miliband against his will. And if he moves Darling, or sacks him, I think Darling is unlikely to go quietly.
My opinion is that a reshuffle now would smack of panic and would change very little. I can't really believe that it is being seriously considered by Brown, but seeing as I have been tipped the wink by a good source, it would be remiss of me not to pass it on. Albeit with the risk of huge egg on face come Tuesday morning.