Cherie Blair maintains that she has no animosity towards her former neighbour, but who could blame her if there isn't a feeling that Gordon Brown is seeing his appropriate nemesis. For ten years, Brown seethed at not having the top job and plotted continuously to gain it sooner rather than later. It must seem a little bit of bitter sweet revenge for the Blairs to witness his troubles today, and the Cherie memoirs, whilst not triumphalist, are hardly designed to soothe the present leader's troubled brow.
Oh, and if you've read Robert Harris's admirable novel 'The Ghost', you will have real trouble reading Cherie's own words with anything like due objectivity!
The Times extracts from Cherie's book are here.