'A battle of the bodies'
There will be no e-mail. There will be no letter. Not tonight. Perhaps never.
Ever since James Purnell's dramatic resignation from the cabinet there has been what one of those working to unseat the prime minister describes as "a battle of the bodies". It is a battle that Gordon Brown is currently winning.
Not only did no cabinet minister follow Mr Purnell's lead but also few junior ministers have done so.
Today a number of those thought most likely to jump ship have in fact accepted new postings on the Good Ship Brown.
This, even after, election results worse than the bleakest predictions which have left Labour MPs talking openly about whether they can avoid a landslide defeat at the next election.
No wonder many backbench MPs have proved unwilling to sign a call for their leader to go.
So, is Mr Brown safe?
The rebels insist not. At tonight's meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party they hope to re-write the usual script for what are always inaccurately billed as "make or break" meetings.
The prime minister is always said to have given what's called the "speech of his life". Loyal MPs and veterans of past divisions call on the plotters to show some loyalty and stop talking to the media. Desks are banged in approval. The leader is said to be out of the woods.
Not this time. A number of Labour MPs plan to tell the PM to his face that he needs to go if the party's to avert disaster.
So, after the failure of the cabinet coup and the backbench e-mail the aim is to repeat the tactics that successfully led to the removal of Michael Martin as Speaker.
Gordon Brown will, I suspect, prove a harder man to move.