I'm a rarity in the Labour Party in being happy to put on the record that I have a lot of time for Peter Mandelson, who I think made a huge contribution to making Labour electable, and was a highly effective minister.
But, absent in Brussels, he has really misjudged the appetite in the Party for a Blairite vs. Brown fight for Leader.
He has said it was "obvious" that the Party needed a contest, and, according to the Guardian "that the new generation of younger Labour MPs needed to decide for themselves who they wanted as leader".
But the list of Brown's campaign team assembled around campaign manager Jack Straw includes several of those younger Labour MPs he is talking about:
According to the Guardian Straw's team includes "Andy Burnham, the Blairite health minister, Liam Byrne, the Home Office minister, Geoff Hoon, the Europe minister, Phil Woolas, the local government minister, and Kitty Ussher, a highly regarded Blairite backbencher."
Who exactly is going to be leading the charge for a Miliband candidature if bright young Blairites like Burnham, Byrne and Ussher are the kind of people actually running Gordon Brown's campaign?
I really do not see a contest happening (unless McDonnell somehow gets nominated). I can understand that Peter wants one but the next generation doesn't want to perpetuate the divisions of the last decade.