Andrew Neil: And can we be in any doubt now that Mr Blair was forced to leave earlier than he wanted to because Mr Brown and his people were pushing so hard?
Jacqui Smith: I think it’s likely that Tony left probably earlier than he might have done had there not been that pressure placed upon him. I sometimes say about my time as Chief Whip that I never lost a vote but I did lose a Prime Minister.
The way in which Brown treated Blair is one of the reasons that he has found it so hard to command loyalty as Labour leader. As I wrote a few weeks back, the danger for Labour is that the two most-talked about successors to Brown, Ed Balls and David Miliband, would suffer from a similar problem if they became leader.