While the cat's away...
Don't worry: there's no real rift in cabinet, Vera Baird, the solicitor general tells us.
Harriet Harman, Jack Straw, and Alan Johnson haven't really fallen out over a planned government review.
Yes there have been "discussions", Westminster code for a clash, at a lower level between Vera Baird and the Police Minister David Hanson about how the review will be carried out.
And yes, we know that Harriet Harman, along with Ms Baird wanted to expand the terms of the review.
But no fight, no fall out we are assured - that's what ministers are sticking to in public at least. Phew!
But what to make of Harriet Harman's involvement?
It's been reported that she had been expected to turn up at visit to a hospital in Manchester for a government announcement. But she didn't make it.
Maybe she is just enjoying being at the desk in No 10 too much to leave the office. She is certainly making her presence felt.
Well, maybe she's following Lord Mandelson's example? Using her stint in charge while Gordon Brown enjoys his frugal UK holiday complete with community work to carve out some coverage for herself.
As Nick blogged here last week, a busy few days for the politician with the longest title in government, last week spelled out the way he wants the next few months of the government's script to be written - with Labour cast as the underdogs.
But after the last few days, it's Ms Harman who is sketching out her version, whether that is trying to beef up the planned review about the low conviction rate for rape, or trying to nail the Labour party to a future where a woman would always be in one of the party's top jobs.
And the relative vacuum of the parliamentary holiday means her remarks have been seized on.
So from her gag about "Lehman sisters" or her determination to push all female short lists for party selection, Ms Harman's recent actions don't just reveal that she has an ambition to drive her particular agenda.
At a time when former Labour ministers mutter darkly that no one in the cabinet has any drive left, she appears to have few reservations about having her say, and rather vigorously at that.
But her words also suggests that she believes that she has an audience for this, at least in parts of the Labour party. The response on some of the left wing blogs today suggests she is right. Here is one impassioned defence of the party's deputy leader.
Others in Labour party though shake their head at any stoking of the debate on equality, believing probably correctly that it's not likely to reverse their fortunes. And Ms Harman's prominence of recent days has been labelled "embarrassing" by some critics.
But such talk does tickle the bellies of parts of the Labour party - of course, those who'll have votes when the party next chooses a leader, quite possibly around about this time next year.
Harriet Harman's propensity to say what she thinks and the belief of many in the party that she does, despite denials, harbour ambitions to be a post Gordon Brown Labour leader, means silence around Camp Harma is unlikely.