The election is six days away, Labour civil war is seven days away. And Alistair Darling
has today delivered a rather nice put-down to Ed Balls for BBC Campaign Straight Talk. Here is his conversation earlier today with Andrew Neil:
Andrew Neil: Has Mr Brown given you any indication that you’d stay as Chancellor if he wins?
Alistair Darling: Yes he has, and I would.
AN: You would?
AN: And you’d be happy to do so?
AD: Very happy.
AN: So Ed Balls should not be packing his bags to move into Number 11?
AD: I don’t think Ed has got any intention of doing that.
AN: Well he did it once, but he had to unpack them again.
AD: There’s nothing wrong with having ambition.
Wonderful. You can dream, young Ed, but for all your briefing and plotting and forces of hell, you will never reach a great office of state. Darling unequivocally rules himself out for
the Labour leadership in the interview, but never even pretends that there will not be a vacancy pretty quickly. Let the games begin…