Tuesday, April 27, 2004


Last week there was the story that certain 'influential' Cabinet members were unhappy about Blair making policy 'on the hoof' in respect of a European Constitution referendum. At the weekend the newspapers carried stories that there was a clear split in the Cabinet over the issue if ID cards and that Jack Straw was leading the revolt. This is followed by a letter criticising the Blair leadership over Iraq and Palestine from former mandarins in the Foreign Office.

Is it possible that Ministers are positioning themselves for the post-Blair world in a way that means Gordon Brown will not automatically get his own way?