Several papers suggested this morning that Jacqui Smith's job as Home Secretary is on the line after a succession of problems - the Damian Green debacle; public outrage over her Parliamentary expenses; and several controversies involving police incompetence, or apparent heavy-handedness, or both. Her political authority has been falling rapidly.
So I went to Redditch in Worcestershire this afternoon, to see what her constituents think. Redditch is the most marginal seat held by a Cabinet minister, ranked 45 among Labour's most risky constituencies, with a notional majority of 2,163 under the new, slightly revised, boundaries.
Many shoppers and traders in the market place were disgusted by her expense claims. Some think she has also done a poor job as home secretary, though few people are familiar with the details of the problems which have beset her.
"She should go and get a job in Tesco,' one constituent remarked. 'But they'd have to train her up!"
What struck me, however, is how many constituents, usually unprompted, said she was an excellent local MP, and several of them cited cases which Jacqui Smith has specifically pursued for them.
And even the Lib Dem leader on Redditch Council, who stood against Smith in 1997, admitted she is a good constituency member. A quote which I can easily see appearing on Jacqui Smith's leaflets at the next election.
So watch my piece tonight, particularly the good-natured spat about Smith between women as they bought their weekend strawberries. One of my best voxpops in ages!
Alas, we didn't have time to visit the National Needle Museum located in Redditch. Just as well perhaps. They might have accused us of stitching them up.