There are three predictable laws in Labour Party politics. Elections, Campaigns, and Charles Clarke sniping about Gordon Brown.
Of which, although I disagree with what he says, he is more than entitled to do, but for the fact that he hardly represents a viable alternative given the circumstances of his departure as Home Secretary, that he has hardly been constructive or totally honest about the whole leadership issue, or indeed that he and others have not been gunning for Gordon from the beginning.
Right now we are going through a bad patch economically. Not as bad as Alistair Darling has stated (and how irresponsible is it for a Chancellor to talk like that, whatever the circumstances), but one which is global and where, given the inevitable backlash against the government, we need to give the PM all the support he can get as he tries to help steer us out of the current economic malaise. Comments about leadership challenges therefore are not just unhelpful towards the PM, or indeed the govt, but also to the country.