There is something rather wonderful about people who proudly clutch attempted insults to their bosom. It does, after all, have a long and noble tradition – Tory, suffragette, neo-Conservative – all were (and in the last case still is) designed to be opprobrious epithets but ended up being embraced by the recipients.
So, full marks to John Rentoul for flourishing the banner of Just About The Last Blairite Columnist In Britain. I still prefer my description though - the Martin Bormann of the Blair bunker (and I really do mean that in the nicest possible way). I can understand his being less than happy to embrace it though.