After his promises in PMQs the other week not to miss any more crucial votes in the House of Commons it appears that Tony Blair will be missing from this evening's vote on ID cards.
The reason for this is that the Prime Minster’s plane had a abortive take off from Pretoria, South Africa this morning.
Now either he is announcing this in advance of Hilary Armstrong making excuses about losing tonight’s vote on Identity Cards to save the blushes of his Chief Whip.
Or else the outcry from his Labour colleagues reported in various weekend papers is worse than it appears and he has taken up political asylum in Mark Thatcher’s old house.
What is worrying for Labour is possibly that Gordon Brown may be telling them not to worry, that he's in charge. and this one is in the bag, after he promised the same thing last week with Dunfermline and West Fife.