Gordon Brown’s future as prime minister was again thrown into question last week as current and former cabinet ministers attacked him.
Communities minister Hazel Blears led the charge, attacking Labour for its “lamentable failure” to connect with voters.
The media hurried to present the battle as being between Brown’s cronies and supporters of former prime minister Tony Blair.
But the truth is that both worked together to drive through New Labour’s pro-market, pro-war agenda in the subsequent 12 years.
Now the scale of electoral defeat facing Labour at the next general election means cabinet ministers and backbenchers are scrabbling to find ways to save their parliamentary seats.
Few MPs address the fundamental issues that ordinary people are asking about – such as why Brown spent £1.4 trillion bailing out bankers.
Alistair Darling plans to pay for this with the biggest cut in welfare spending for three decades.
Brown is also facing a backbench rebellion over trade secretary Peter Mandelson’s plans to part-privatise the post.
This is a weak and divided government that has hit the buffers.
Rather than rallying to New Labour we need to build resistance in the here and now.