Jon Craig takes great pleasure in recounting how the Labour Party has turned on Peter Mandelson for his statement this afternoon on the future of the Post Office. Nick Robinson seems to be licking his lips too.
Yet again the dinosaurs in the Labour Party threatens to thwart a much needed reform of a public sector institution. If they looked across the channel and saw how private sector involvement has revitalised the German Post Office, maybe they might not be behaving like ostriches.
In the past the Conservatives have come to Tony Blair's aid and helped drive through much needed reforms in education and health. Sadly I don't see it happening this time. Even though most Tories know that there needs to be some private sector involvement in the Post Office, they know it's a difficult 'sell' to the electorate. Many will remember the time when Michael Heseltine attempted something similar and had to withdraw with his mane between his legs. And there will be others who will delight in seeing Mandy having to eat humble pie.
But whatever short term pleasure seeing Mandelson in the mire might bring, no one escape the harsh reality. And the harsh reality here is that Peter Mandelson is right.