I believe that its fair to say that we're now in totally uncharted water in contemporary British politics. This is not the Cabinet having a quiet word withthe Prime Minister after a single resignation and speech. This is three Secretaries of State resigning on three consecutive days.
To say that Gordon brown's authority does not lie in the gutter like a drunk with a bottle of Mad Dog would require the most myopic and blinkered view of the very situation the Labour Party and its leadership finds itself in.
There are some who think that Johnson is not interested in the job and scraed of it, but where is he tonight? Shaun Woodward has been rolled out on the news, and even David Blunkett has made a comment, but the bigged up "heir apparent" is no where. Remember how Major was very quiet when Thatcher fell?
Gordon Brown tonight is a dead man walking politically, and, if the rumours are true, I would not be surprised to see another resignation tomorrow. Purnell is very close friends with Andy Burnham, and as I said the other day, Burnham was a supporter of Blears for the Deputy leadership.
October election is looking very likely right now.