Hard on the heels of the death of Robin Cook comes the loss of Mo Mowlam, the most popular and charismatic politician in the New Labour firmament.
That was her problem of course. I was in the conference hall that day in 1998 when Mo got a standing ovation in the middle of Blair's speech, and I am convinced her career was doomed from that moment on.
The people around Blair were terrified of her popularity and thereafter became determined to cut her down to size.
I expand on these points in a full appreciation of Mo's career published on the thisis network of websites which can be read here