One general observation does emerge from the latest extracts, though: the omnipresence of Tony Blair. Sure, it's hardly shocking that the former PM should take a deep interest in Labour politics, but the texts between "Tony" and Mandelson still zap around with striking regularity. On David Miliband: "He's not perfect, but he has matured." On Brown: "He can't stagger on. The public aren't going to elect him for another five years." And even when it came to the Hoon and Hewitt plot, Blair and Mandelson were trading advice with each other: "We both agreed that if anything happened I should not be involved in encouraging it, but nor could I go into overdrive as I did when James [Purnell] resigned."
All of which simply fuels the sentiment that the old wars are still being fought – which, lest it need saying, is not a positive development for the current leadership contenders, or for the party as a whole.