Amidst all the talk of Mandelson having gripped the situation, let us observe the familar figure of Ken Livingstone shuttling between the studios, putting in a series of characteristically pugnacious, steely and intelligent ultra-loyalist performances. He's playing a blinder, according to some Labour insiders.
Here's a prediction.
Commissar Ken will be positioning himself assiduously as the authentic voice of sane, electable, never-say-die Labour. He will bag a safe seat (if any there be) in the widespread post-PorkerGate fallout. He will exert himself tirelessly at the GE.
And then ...