Preamble: If I'd blogged it last evening or this morning you'd know that my formula to resolve this impasse and have the Lib Dems stay with the progressive 7 against the reactionary pro-rich deep-cuts Tory 4 was for Gordon Brown to (a) resign as leader and allow a contest; and (b) be ready to stand down as both leader and PM once the contest was done. Around party conference time. But I thought blogging it might spoil things. Superstitious I know. But all is well.
Postscript and Small Print: Unlike (very very clever) Gordon I did not make the resignation and contest conditional on the Lib Dems coming over and playing with us children of the soil, instead of the greedy toffs. That nuance should clinch it. If they don't Gordon plans to lead the opposition! Though not a lot of people have noticed this super careful Gordon Brown drafting!
Craven Harlots: Nick Robinson was finding it very very hard indeed to stay civil and professional with Lord Steel, Lord Adonis and Alastair Campbell on BBC News this afternoon. Don't know why anyone was surprised it seemed like a Plan to me. Anyway, Murdoch's court jester Adam Boulton (above) didn't manage it. And he only had Campbell to contend with. Joy unconfined.