"Finally, I can talk openly about the leadership," said Alan Johnson smiling at the three TV cameras.
"Of our schools," he added. Cherie Blair may, or may not, have fuelled the fire, by reportedly canvassing support for him in a yet to be announced leadership contest.
The Education Secretary did a superb job of saying nothing on the subject.
Instead broadcast hacks had to sit through 60 minutes of how to address the country's head teacher recruitment crisis.