Sunder Katwala thinks this is bad news for the AJ4PM campaign - although he also points out that Neal Lawson, the chair of Compass, called for a change of leader in May last year.
On the contrary, everything is going according to plan, although AJ is currently down and DM is currently up. AJ made a mistake on GMTV last week when he defended bonuses for Ministry of Defence civil servants, saying that some of them had to go "into the front line" where they did a "difficult and sometimes dangerous job".DM, on the other hand, delivered a very boring speech about Afghanistan yesterday, but it sounded grown up and Hillary Clinton says: "He is so vibrant, vital, attractive, smart. He's really a good guy. And he's so young."
As I said last week, it is in the interest of the country and the Labour Party that there are two excellent candidates to replace the Prime Minister. My only fear is that if Brown falls Alan Johnson might support David Miliband rather than putting himself forward in the competitive leadership election that is preferable. Still, if Brown falls, the essential part is done and Labour's prospects at the election are improved, and Compass's "internal discussions" push us a little further in the right direction.