Politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum. Ever since Tony Blair was forced to declare that this would be his last year in office many of those closest to him (tho' by no means all) - aided by many in the media - have searched for a candidate to run against Gordon Brown.
First Alan Johnson was tipped to be ABG. Then John Reid. Their campaigns never took off and now, despite their Herculean efforts, the Mili-band wagon refuses to roll. No matter that there is, as yet, no credible Anyone But Gordon candidate, the Stop Gordon campaign is running in any event.
So it is that a minute of a decision taken 10 years ago is being used to highlight Gordon Brown's alleged flaws. The opposition are delighted to be presented with this open goal and the chance to re-open a controversy they tried but failed to get going a decade ago.
Meantime, many in the Labour Party despair at seeing their next leader damaged day after day whilst the "stop Gordon" crowd refuse to spell out what, let alone who, is the alternative. Unless, of course, Charles Clarke has other plans?
P.S. Talking of vacuums, there will be one on this blog until after Easter as I am enjoying the lull before the political storm to come. If you're getting one, have a good break