Driving home last night I was listening to the PM show on Radio 4 when a discussion began on why it is that it only seems to be women who are dropping out of the Brown cabinet - Smith, Blears etc.
The discussion centred around whether or not this was because Gordon Brown has a "problem" with women. Yes, said one forgettable Labour party representative. No, said the other utterly unremarkable Brown supporter - both of whom were female.
What nobody mentioned, however, is that apart from being women all those who have resigned have another factor in common - they were crap at the job. Not only that, but in the case of Smith she actually knew she was crap and completely out of her depth. She was a prime example of a woman promoted to a position purely on account of her gender - she had no discernible talent for the job and is quite probably the worst Home Secretary we've had that I can remember - and given the hopelessness of her predecessors, that is no mean feat!
There are other reasons why it is only women who are standing down from the Cabinet. Perhaps women are less adept at handling the pressure or maybe women are less loyal than men? I don't know, but it's a sign of the times that when women fail at a job the reaction is to assume it's the fault of a man.