The Home Secretary's bombshell announcement - and its timing, coming in between Labour's drubbing at the polls and Tony Blair announcing his departure - looks like a calculated and deliberate snub to his old foe the Chancellor.
The obvious conclusion is that Dr Reid simply doesn't want to be part of a Gordon Brown government. And although his announcement shocked and stunned MPs, he must have told Tony Blair that he was planning to go, because within minutes of the Reid announcement, No 10 released a glowing tribute to Mr Blair's loyal ally.
Is this the first known case of the rat leaving the ship before it's actually set sail ?
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