The Sunday Times has a delicious story about Peter Mandelson trying to force Gordon Brown into making him Foreign Secretary. The thing with stories like this is that they can never be proved - until they happen. But this one has the ring of truth about it.
What Jonathan Oliver and Isabel Oakeshott don't speculate on is the reaction of David Miliband to such a suggestion. Might it provide him with a third opportunity to prove that he does indeed possess a political backbone?