Fresh from being the LabourHome poll of being the most competent cabinet member with a hardly blistering 6.18 out of 10, Alan Johnson is reported in The Times as stepping aside the battle to succeed Gordon Brown in favour of David Miliband.
(The high point of 6.18 out of 10 does bring Wendy Alexander, the ex-leader of the Scottish Labour MSPs, back to mind with her self-marked 10 out of 10.
If the best regarded Labour politician can score – from their own supporters, mind! – a lowly 6.18; well – is Alan Johnston less than two-thirds the politician Wendy Alexander is?
And the rest of the cabinet not fit to lace her boots?
Or is Wendy Alexander just self-deluded?)
Of course, Alan Johnston has never made a secret of the fact that he doesn’t want the top job:
He once told GMTV the idea of him entering No 10 was similar to “the idea of putting the Beagle on to Mars – a nice idea but doomed to failure”.
He obviously doesn’t want the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills job either.
Some people already think Gordon Brown is living on another planet. And that’s just the Labour MPs!
Now its up to David Miliband to reach for the skies.
Alan Johnston has just cleared the runway.