What an amazing night. I spent a very enjoyable hour having great fun tweaking Frank Dobson on 5 Live. He seriously suggested that Purnell's resignation wasn't at all serious and that no one has ever really heard of him. When he called Richard Bacon "dear" I knew he was rattled. I then went onto the BBC News Channel (not exactly dressed for TV) and felt as if I was commentating on the death of a political party. And in among it the death of David Miliband's leadership ambitions. He had no need to say anything, yet he came out and nailed his colours to Brown's mast. Yet again he funked a major decision. Harriet Harman's silence has been noticeable.
Alistair Darling now holds the key to Gordon Brown's future. If he refuses to move, Gordon Brown couldn't survive. And yet if Brown lets him stay in post, it demonstrates the weakness of his position.
Feel free to comment about what's happening overnight in the local elections and to the government.