Blair's EU campaign hits a snag
Tony Blair's hopes of becoming the new president of the European Union have hit a small snag.
In the last few weeks Mr Blair's former chief of staff during his decade in Downing Street, Jonathan Powell, a former diplomat, has been doing a sterling job for his old boss, quietly co-ordinating his campaign behind the scenes, privately sounding out the 27 governments around Europe.
And, I'm sure that if Mr Blair was to win the new position Mr Powell would be line for a key post at his side in Brussels.
But this week Mr Powell is suffering from a slight distraction from the Blair effort which is rather hindering any attempt to canvass support, at least during office hours.
He's been called up for jury service.