Gordon announced the membership of his National Democratic Renewal Politburo Sub-Committee yesterday; Jack Straw, Harriet Harman, Lord Mandelson, Alistair Darling, David Miliband, Alan Johnson, Hilary Benn, Douglas Alexander, John Denham, Shaun Woodward, Baroness Royall, Jim Murphy, Peter Hain, Michael Wills, Nick Brown and Steve Bassam.
Not that they will have to meet too long or too often to come up with the two recommendations that will already have been agreed:
1. To manipulate the voting system to the advantage of the Labour Party
2. To agree State funding for, er, the Labour Party.
Now of course if the government were to establish a genuine advisory team on constitutional reform, it would no doubt include Michael Pinto-Duschinsky, the national political funding expert, Helena Kennedy, who chaired the Power Commission, the LSE's Tony Travers, Antony King, David Butler and Ivor Crewe all also from academe, Simon Jenkins, now running the National Trust but a Localism expert, plus UCL's Robert Hazell. The LGA would also contribute a member. Political members from both the Lords and Commons - and I'd personally like to see Eric Pickles included - chosen on the basis of their experience and wisdom, rather than sycophancy and tribal loyalty. Such an advisory team might well come up with a framework worth having a referendum on.
Absent any of the above as standing members, Gordon's team has about as much credibility as a snake-oil salesman at a pharmaceutical convention.