"If Mr Darling was moved, sources said, the new Chancellor was likely to be either Ed Balls, the Children's Secretary; David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary; or Alan Johnson, the Health Secretary. The source said: "Alistair will have had two of the toughest years one could possibly imagine as Chancellor. There is a case to be made for saying he has taken the tough decisions in the Budget and, as far as possible, set us on the road to recovery.
You can see the thinking - particularly in the case of Alan Johnson - but I still think that moving Darling would be a mistake overall. For starters, it could be taken by the public as an admission that the Government is failing on the economy. Then there's the risk that putting Balls or Miliband in No.11 could worsen the poisonous divides and jealousies in the party. And, finally, Darling - who has been fighting a running battle with Brown over the scale of public spending and borrowing - may not be the best person to rile. Anyway, we shall see.