It's a bummer, isn't it? All that hard work preparing for your tax cut proposals, only to have one of your supposed chums cross the floor to the other side.
What surprises me is that it hasn't happened before now. Since Howard took on the job the Tories have barely made an impression (and no, grasping at the European elections is just sounding desperate).
All it means is that post-election it's going to be fun and games at Central Office as the blood gets spilled once again.
Does seem a bit of a shame after last weeks' interview with him perched on the desk of that gleaming white open-desk set-up they have in Victoria Street (did you notice the younger workers had been strategically placed behind him to suggest a fresher air?).