Choosing to fight against a popular measure that for many is a matter of fairness and then losing is not usually smart politics. With ministers saying that there is "no political fix" between the government and rebel Labour MPs over the privatizing Royal Mail and with Gordan Brown's name being mentioned in the scandal over MP's expenses there is a lot of talk about replacing Brown.
Why anybody would want to lead the Labour government is beyond me. Labour is split among its many factions, it is presiding over a troubled economy, and it is headed for a massive electoral defeat in year. All a new Labour leader will end up doing is handing the keys of No. 10 over to David Cameron and being replaced in the post general election blood letting.