The Early Day Motion tabled by Labour MP Geraldine Smith which opposes the Government's proposals for selling off part of Royal mail has now managed to secure 85 signature at the last count. Compass, the left wing think tank predicted that it would attract around 100 signatures and it is close to achieving that.
The list is full of ex-Ministers and former Secretarys of State so it is by no means a list of the usual suspects anymore. The question is when will Mandelson U-Turn? Will he try to ride it out and persuade some of them to abstain rather than see the Government defeated, or, worse for Brown, have to rely on the Tories.
The latter is an important consideration, Blair had to rely on Tory votes for his education platform. The question is, will Brown, an instinctive tribalist, be able to stomach relying on the party that he says will "do nothing" doing "something" for him?
I reckon there will be a U-Turn but it will be spun as something of course.