Firstly, there was this story
Which seemed to imply that Alistair Darling, often referred to as "the Badger" because of his grey hair and black eyebrows, was effectively a "dead man walking"
Then there was this separate story
And in this story Hillary Benn is suggesting that culling badgers is not the answer.
Was Hillary Benn making a plea to save Alistair Darling ? Perhaps I need to go to bed early, but I thought the two stories seemed strangely parallel.