No Blairite revolt
Blair - the backseat driver. That was the prospect raised by the headlines in some of the Sundays (here, here and here). It is wrong, as the former prime minister's office were swift to point out, but that should not comfort Team Brown too much. The Blairites are not plotting at this, the first hint of trouble for Gordon but they are shaking their heads, muttering "I told you so" and musing about how they can shape "the vision thing" which all now agree Labour needs to find.
"Get behind Gordon" was, I'm told, the sentiment of the former dear leader’s texts to his closest allies (having just got a mobile phone he's sending them thick and fast). Tony, one source said, needs this project to work.
That has not, of course, stopped some of his cheerleaders pointing out that it was Stephen Byers who saw the inheritance tax problem coming, wrote a pamphlet warning of the threat it posed to Labour and was then roundly condemned by a certain Alistair Darling for doing so. Byers will, I predict, have more ideas to contribute soon.
It's also been noted that a self-inflicted wound rooted in mis-reading the polls and the media followed the first occasion in years when Alastair Campbell and Philip Gould were not involved.
So, there is no Blairite revolt but there is a feeling around that Gordon Brown needs to be persuaded to listen to voices way beyond his own intimate circle.