Is Reid still up for it?
Alan Johnson's star may have (quickly) waned but Jackie Ashley in the Guardian thinks John Reid is still in the running for the Labour Leadership. She says "there is no doubt" that the "Blair camp" still think that Reid can beat Brown and "..Reid is making quiet preparations". But the strategy depends on delaying Blair's departure until the second half of next year. This will give the party time to have "second thoughts" before the Leadership election. This comes at a time when many commentators are saying that Brown is unlikely to face a challenge from within the Cabinet. It seems the game is not over yet.