Alan Johnson's exit while a surprise in its alacrity isn't exactly unexpected in that he was clearly only ever an interim solution (or the anyone but Balls candidate). One assumes the timing is driven by a forthcoming Sunday newspaper expose about his private life.
No doubt his resignation will be soon forgotten - unless the revelations are of a particularly lurid or criminal nature. But given rumours about Johnson usually consist of the particularly stereotypical late middle aged politician playing while away from home, they probably would have proved to have been 'ride outable' if the will was there.
But the interesting thing is what it says about Miliband minor's judgement. Just a few months ago Mili minor appointed the excreable Phil Wooolas to his front bench - while he was embroiled in a court case about his campaign lies. Now he has lost his right hand man and been forced to appoint his nearest rival - the man whose poor advice to Gordon Brown helped contribute to the economic meltdown.
And in other news Ed Miliband says the Iraq war might have been better handled, ID cards might have had some negative impact on civil liberties and the increase in poverty under Labour, while the bankers raked it in, might just harm Labour's progressive credentials ...