Tom Watson, the former Labour vice-chairman, has condemned a decision by the Labour leader to take over part of the conduct of all parliamentary selections from the middle of next month.
Theresa May, the home secretary, will promise to consult colleagues and victims groups about how to restore trust in the government’s troubled child abuse inquiry, but a senior Labour backbencher warned against giving MPs a veto over the new choice for chairman.
The Ryder Cup sails into uncharted waters next October – and not just because, should the meteorological combination of Scotland + autumn x Celtic Manor 2010 hold true, Gleneagles will be battered by so much rain that half the estate will aquaplane up the A9 towards Perth.
It is a move some will describe as born out of inspiration and others will claim it is one that looks like simply desperation. Either way the confirmation of Tom Watson's appointment as the USA Ryder Cup captain for 2014 has set up the fascinating reality of an emotional return to Scotland.