If there is a smidgeon of truth in this story on Tory blogger Iain Dale's Diary, I'm not sure I'll get fussed. Prime Minister Gordon Brown needs to learn that he is not a tin-pot dictator, but the leader of a democratic socialist party, as well as an appointee of Her Majesty the Queen. Personally, I'm sympathetic to the idea of AV. But there has been no debate in the Labour Party about it, or electoral reform more generally.
When the idea popped up in his 2009 Conference Leader's Report, I got a message from someone, who in my days in the Parliamentary Lobby for Reuters I would have described as a source close to the Prime Minister. It read:
GB v clear that manifesto says av and labour party supports yes vote
Quick as my fingers could fly across my iPod screen, I texted:
To which my reply is find out what your party thinks first!
Of course, GB has form thinking that the PLP is a proxy for the Labour Party. We know that from the conduct of the Leadership 'election' in 2007, when the heavy brigade made sure that there was no candidate able to secure the necessary nominations to contest the election other than GB himself.
Next week, we may find out whether the self-same heavies led by Chief Whip Nick Brown can still deliver for GB.