With Brown so weak, we can expect a lot more of this kind of thing. Every Labour pressure group will be pushing at an open door until Brown finally goes. Policy will be decided not on the basis of what is good for the party, but on what might just keep the party behind Gordon.
One wonders what Lord Adonis, the great champion of academies, makes of all this. He might be sitting in the Cabinet now, but his greatest achievement is being destroyed by the government of which he is a member.
PS This passsage from an interview that Lord Adonis did with Fraser back in January 2007 rings particulalry hollow now:
One suspects that Coaker won't be putting much positive energy into the academies' agenda.“
‘The issue ahead — both for Gordon when he’s Prime Minister and also because at some stage in the future there will be a Conservative government — isn’t about the broad principles of education policy,’ he says. ‘It is about the actual energy and implementation drive of delivering it.’