Hazel Blears resigns
Cranmer has always liked Mr Dale's Chipmunk. She is a plucky, sprightly, chirpy kind of politician, quite unafraid of political bullies or religious oppressors. Taking on the posturing of the MCB was one thing (and quite laudable), but to resign from the Cabinet on the eve of an important election is a direct challenge to the authority Prime Minister, and a purposeful indication that he no longer commands the loyalty of the Cabinet. It seems strategically timed to cause maximum damage.
Notwithstanding her 'totally unacceptable' (according to Gordon Brown) non-payment of capital gains tax, Hazel Blears is popular with the people and always has been. Her heart has always been with Labour's grassroots, to which she now returns.
Unless she is planning to challenge for the Labour leadership?
Cranmer cannot recall such drama in politics since the days we were governed by the priestly caste.