Today, we had a sneaky view inside the New Labour snake pit.Yesterday, Deputy PM Harriet Harman promised to snatch back Goodwin's pension by any means necessary.
However, her colleagues, if that is the right word, cut her loose. Brown promised that the government would use every "legal" avenue to retrieve the payout. There would be no retrospective change in the law requiring Goodwin to surrender his ill-gotten gains. Likewise, Jacqui Smith ruled out any attempt to usurp 800 years of legal precedent in order to squeeze the former head of RBS.
Is this good or bad news? Goodwin still has his pension, Brown is still posturing, and Harman has been slapped down. It is hard to say, really.