1. Lord Warner was ennobled under His Royal Blairness in 1998 after years as a career civil servant. He served in the Department of Health between 2003 and 2007, and was one of those charming Labour people who took Dave's shilling to look at social care funding for the elderly. In 2013 Warner broke the party whip and voted with the Tories and LibDems to open up the NHS market to practically any willing provider. And in March last year, Warner called for the introduction of some NHS charges. With views like these, why has his resignation been so long coming?
2. Dave and co. are facing up to their most difficult week since their fear-mongering won them the general election. The collapse of the steel industry while the government sit on their hands. Awkward questions of the Chinese state visit. Cuts to working tax credits. Opportunities aplenty exist to put them on the back foot, so excuse me for adopting a conspiratorial turn of mind as an unknown peer resigns at the very moment the Tories could desperately do with a bit of a distraction.