What on earth is going in the Labour civil war? Yesterday, and today, there are reports that John Hutton, the Work and Pensions Secretary, is now being touted by people as the "Stop Gordon" Blairite candidate. Sorry, John who? Ok, yes, people said the same thing about Cameron, so stranger things have happened, but it all seems rather odd.
After all, the obvious "Blairite" candidate has always been Alan Johnson, at least it always was. English, working class lad made good, affable, generally perceived as a bloke you could have a beer with. Now compare that to John Hutton, an academic policy wonk. Is this some sort of practical joke on the papers?
I wonder though why, if it isn't a joke, there would even be a desire to downplay Alan Johnson. Clearly the perception that he may have been planning a campaign won't have helped Johnson, but John Hutton?