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The extent of Johnson’s loyalty?

The extent of Johnson's loyalty?
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Kevin Maguire's Commons Confidential column in the latest New Statesman contains this intriguing little snippet:

"Home Secretary Alan Johnson was a picture of innocence during the plot to oust Brown and replace him with a former postie with the initials A J. Not so his entourage. It has come to the attention of No 10 that one of his team offered a job in Downing Street to a hackette."

After his article for the Indy earlier this week - and his fizzy performance in Manchester yesterday (covered by John Rentoul as part of his AJ4PM series) - you suspect Johnson is being a little more active than the Dear Leader would like.