Stop talking in code
Alan Milburn and Charles Clarke have been talking in code - organising meetings for MPs to trigger an "an open participatory debate."
I think this means they want to run a candidate against Brown for leader.
If that's the case they should say so, not dress it up as guff about "debates".
If it was either of them running, they would get a derisory vote.
If it is really about policies they should be explicit and say what they want to change.
What kind of participatory debate only involves MPs?
Unlike them I don't speak in code. An "ultra-Blairite" candidature from Clarke or Milburn would not just be doomed, it would be a total strategic disaster for the right of the Party - driving Brown into the arms of the soft left, dividing natural political allies who agree on the substantive issues, and putting its supporters into the political wilderness.
There is a serious election and debate going on about Deputy Leader. There are serious external elections coming up in May. Why are these senior figures game playing like this? What do they hope to achieve?