Glad to see my plea to rebrand the Hotmail Conspiracy as Plotmail is reaping results.
I think Purnell’s resignation has actually cemented GB in to Downing Street. From the people I’ve been speaking to – and some aren’t Gordon’s biggest fans by a long way – there’s a real anger that Purnell chose to resign whilst party workers were doing all they could to get out the vote last night.
David Milliband obviously recognised this by coming out to denounce his friend as have most of the Cabinet.
So with no other Blairites rallying (yet) to Purnell’s call, party leadership election rules that make it nigh impossible to remove a sitting PM, real grassroots anger with the former Work and Pensions Secretary and Hazel Blears and a swift reshuffle, this is going to fizzle out.
It also seems the rebels are now saying the email might not get sent round at all because of the reshuffle.
But let’s just hope this is a wake up call for Ministers to get out of Westminster, get around the country and start explaining what Labour’s doing to help people in these difficult times.
I’d also advise them to resist the temptation to get photoshopped into photocalls.
The Guardian’s subsequent tribute was brilliant (see apt example above and click here to see the best of the rest.)