02 June 2009

Jacqui or Tom - Which is the most significant?

Most of the news is about Jacqui Smith deciding to leave the Cabinet.  I can see why - she leaked it to prevent it being a sacking.  However, I wonder if Tom Watson is more significant.  Firstly, he was a trusted servant of the PMs.  So if Gordon was going to sack him, it suggests that the PM knew that his reshuffle was an all or nothing gamble.

Moreover, Tom Watson was, at one time, a Blairite who crossed the New Labour floor to the dark side.  Could it be he is about to head to a different corner and fight for someone new?  Interesting to see whether he starts to side with Alan Johnson, who is most people's favourite to be the next Labour Leader.

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