So Stephen Byers has fired his warning shot at Gordon, but it seems to have done him little credibility if he had any beforehand!
To be fair (and this is not going to make me popular in some quarters), I have some sympathy with what he is saying, although I am torn on this issue. On one hand one of my grandparents made sure that his will was put into effect within his lifetime so as to avoid death duties. All my grandparents had experienced some form of poverty (and by that I mean real poverty), and after working hard for most of their lives, they deserved the comfort they had. On the other one of my most central political beliefs is that you put into society what you take out of it, and that includes tax of all shapes and sizes!
So on this one I am going to be very annoying and sit on the fence. I don't think inheritance tax should be scrapped, but perhaps a fundamental review and a reform of the law would not come amiss!
As for the Uber Blairites wanting to challenge Gordon and looking for a candidate! If such a cabal exists they would be foolish as I get the impression the electorate, and indeed the Party, are more warm towards Brown than Blair right now!