Last summer, Brown instructed McBride and his other henchmen to identify and then "out" rebels like Siobhan McDonagh before they could co-ordinate and detonate themselves. It worked a treat. Looks like the Dear Leader is up to his tricks again. Kennedy, a junior environment minister, said she has left the government after being asked to give a statement of support of Brown which she could not do. No10 says she's lying, but her account rings true to me. For years, Brown wanted to divide his critics: have some of them in government, some outside. Now in a panic, he's pushing them all outside - leaving them mull around and plot.
I suspect he'll soon pay the price for this. Word is that Kennedy will be on Five Live at midday: I'll be listening out. We're back, once again, into Stingray politics: anything can happen in the next half hour.