Ben Brogan’s piece in the Mail today about a possible reshuffle in June after the local and European elections which would see Alistair Darling and Jacqui Smith moved from their current posts, contains the first report of a rumour that Peter Mandelson might be sacked. It ends with this line:
“There are also fears that the number of ministers being targeted could be expanded in coming months to include Peter Mandelson.”
Realistically, I don’t think Brown will, or could, drop Mandelson. But it says something about the mood within the Labour party that these rumours are even circulating.
PS The cui bono on this story seems pretty obvious. It’ll be fascinating to see if there is retaliation in the Sundays