With the re-arrest yesterday of Lord Levy, and talk of further re-arrests int he coming day, it seems increasingly likely that someone will face some sort of charge of the Cash for Peerages affairs. At the same time it is received wisdom that when that does finally happen Blair will have no choice to resign - assuming he has not done so already.
The strange thing of course is whenevr he does resign he will have the power of patronage to appoint Peers in his "resignation honours list" without going to the Lords Appointment Commission if he chooses.
As it stands, this power of patronage does not yet appear to be curtailed in anyway, and on the basis of Blair's own responses to questioning he appears to have every intention of using it, thus leaving his very own "Lavender List" as it were.
Yesterday, Labour backbencher, Gordon Prentice, asked him for the second time whether he would "make it his policy to submit his resignation honours list to the House of Lords Appointments Commission for (a) advice and (b) approval."
Blair referred Prentice back to his first reply last June where he said "[t]he House of Lords Appointments Commission will continue to scrutinise any names put to them as appropriate, in the usual way."
Whilst this might sound like a "yes", even the Select Committee on Public Administration noted how it was "unnecessarily equivocal" and a "vague assurance". Perhaps those millionaires who lent all the money may yet get to the Lords anyway, as Blair flips us all two fingers as he leaves the stage?