Its always been said (at least in the media) that Brown will take over from Blair when TB quits. The relationship between the two appears to be very poor and there's been quite a bit of briefing against Brown by TB insiders (now there's an unpleasant thought). There is even some evidence that Brown is being cold-shouldered by Blair, see link below. http://observer.guardian.co.uk/politics/story/0,,1745083,00.html Meanwhile Jack Straw seems to be on the up, not only is he hosting a visit by Condie Rice to Blackburn the two of them have now jetted off into the sunset together and are in Baghdad, again see the link http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4869328.stm I've never understood how Brown could just be installed in Number 10 when TB goes, there would have to be a Labour Party leadership election and the winner gets to be PM, so its is never going to be a clear run for Brown. I wonder if the Blair camp are now backing Straw as their favourite and are helping him raise his profile.