The behind-the-scenes loathing is a theme developed by Rachel Sylvester in her Times column this morning. She writes of Cabinet dissent; of MPs fed up with the "sense of paralysis" at the heart of government; and of the resentment that backbenchers feel. But it's this passage which stands out:
Myself, I can't see Miliband going ahead with it - he's hardly distinguished himself with his proactivity; and his reponse to James Purnell's resignation, coupled with his abortive coup last year, has diluted his pool of supporters. But all these rumblings are a sign for the Prime Minister. A sign that - despite the sticking plasters he and Mandelson have administered over the past few days, - his premiership is still lying battered on the floor, haemorrhaging public support and Labour enthusiasm. You'll see: it will bleed itself dry.“
"I am told that even yesterday David Miliband was still considering going privately to tell the Prime Minister that he should stand down. Had James Purnell waited until then to resign, it is said that Mr Miliband could have been ready to join him, using the local and European election results as evidence of Mr Brown's lack of appeal. Even if Mr Miliband now does nothing, it is not good to have a foreign secretary with such a low opinion of a prime minister."