All is revealed. Brown starts to set out his plans to boost the Tory majority. The poorest families are to see their benefits cut by up to £15 a week.
Brown’s best friend, Frank Field, is rather perplexed by the decision:
At one stroke, they get rid of a reform aimed at getting flexibility into a fairly inflexible market by giving people incentives to shop around. The timing for this could have been decided in Conservative headquarters.
That rather tortured look on Frank’s face has just become much worse. Perhaps he can be persuaded to join the AJ4PM campaign?
In one way, of course, this news is very good. It gives Labour MPs the incentive to start organising another attempt at a coup. The difference is that this time it has be successful.