Gone within a year?
So has Tony Blair seen this famous letter? On one hand, we're told that the letter has not been received in Downing St, but on the other, a senior Cabinet source has told me that they have seen it - and that in effect, it calls for Tony Blair to go.
And today, the chairman of Labour's NEC Sir Jeremy Beecham, as well as Cabinet minister David Miliband - close to Tony Blair and once the head of his policy unit - have appeared on the BBC (listen here and here), effectively setting out the very timetable that Tony Blair has been refusing to confirm. What they've said is that Blair will be gone within a year, and that he will not attend another Labour Party conference.
This is precisely what many Labour Party members have been demanding to know, and I am now told that in Downing St, they are hoping that this will be enough to quell this storm.
The question is - does it have to be heard from the prime minister himself? That, really, tells you what this story is all about. Many Labour MPs, certainly many around Gordon Brown, simply don't trust what they're being told, and won't unless they hear it said publicly by Tony Blair himself.
They're sick of code about ample time and stable and orderly transitions, they're sick of Sir Jeremy Beecham or David Miliband telling us what they think the PM wants to do, they want to hear it from him - that he plans to go on, but not to go on for more than another year, and that he plans to make sure that there is a decent handover - probably to Gordon Brown.
And my suspicion is that this pressure will stay until those words come from his lips.
What today has proved is that the era of nudges and winks, the era of 'trust me' from Tony Blair, is no longer enough for many in Blair's party, and even his Cabinet.