It comes as little surprise that Jack Straw is to quit the Labour front bench next month, but the news demonstrates what little 'ballast' there will be among the Labour top team when the new Shadow Cabinet is elected in October. Alistair Darling won't be there either, and it seems it will be packed with thirty and forty somethings. Normally this could be painted as a fresh start for Labour, but the fact is that they will virtually all be associated to one degree or another with the failure of the Brown government.
It will be interesting to see if there are any serious contenders for Shadow Cabinet positions who won't have been tainted with the Brown stain. Tom Harris, for instance?