|Ed Balls has every right to feel smug today|
This leads onto the second element of the slow motion car crash. Ed Balls was, is and always will be a deficit denier and while his incessantly aggressive attacks on anything and everything that the Conservatives propose keep the Labour grass roots happy they make him and his policies incredible, and not in a good way. Ed Miliband knew this wanted to keep him away from the Treasury brief. Johnson's departure means that Miliband has failed and Balls has got one over on him. I foresee a situation where Miliband will now be unable to move Balls out of the Treasury brief irrespective of how much he disagrees or undermines him. This is Blair and Brown all over again, except that this time the front man is neither popular or charismatic.
With Yvette Cooper taking over he husband's old Home Affairs brief Miliband's top table are full of people who would be described in a school report as "not team players".
To be generous to Miliband he was dealt a weak hand but he has played his cards very poorly. In short, he's in big trouble.