Geoff Hoon has given an interview to GMTV on Sunday in which he nails his colours firmly to the Gordon Brown bandwagon, if such a thing exists.
“I believe we have an excellent candidate in Gordon Brown, someone who has enormous experience, has run the economy remarkably successfully over a long period of time. I think we’re quite fortunate, the country’s fortunate in having such a powerful figure clearly ahead of any others who might consider standing so managing that process I accept at the start of this interview, here’s a difficult challenge for the government, it’s one that I think we have to take an interest of the country, not simply an interest of the Labour Party.”
Hoon also reckons that the Dear Leader hasn't made his own mind up yet on the timing of his departure.
“I do not know, let me make it clear, when Tony Blair has judged that it is appropriate for him to leave the job. Because I do not know that and I suspect he may not yet have made up him mind.”
Well, Blair's only got 30 days to announce it, otherwise I lose my bet...