Brown’s denial that he wanted to move Darling at his press conference was risible. Brown had umpteen opportunities to put an end to the stories about Darling being replaced by Balls at the Treasury and never took one of them.
As Andrew Grice notes, the Brown-Darling working relationship will now be fraught to say the least. One of the reasons Brown wanted Darling out, was that Darling was opposed to a second stimulus in this autumn’s PBR. With Darling having so publicly faced Brown down, we can expect negotiations over the PBR to be particularly tense.
PS There's a wonderfully ambiguous quote from Peter Mandelson about Ed Balls in his interview with The Times: “I’m not going to talk about Ed Balls. What I’m interested in is new Labour and its continued success.”