Alexander 'tugged in two ways'
I have not spoken to Wendy Alexander today. She is confining her comments to a written statement.
However, I have spoken to several other individuals in Scottish Labour - close to the controversy, on its margins or simply observing with bemused horror.
I believe that Wendy Alexander is tonight tugged two ways. Instinct, personal integrity and perhaps the long-term interests of the Scottish Labour Party tell her to quit.
Loyalty to the Prime Minister - who is facing the biggest crisis of his short leadership - pulls her the other way.
(The SNP tonight expressed that issue another way, suggesting that Wendy Alexander was being used as a “human shield” for Gordon Brown.)
Put simply, if Wendy Alexander is obliged to quit because of an unlawful donation of £950, where does that leave Mr Brown’s deputy Harriet Harman who is facing questions over a donation of £5,000?
That dilemma explains why there were prolonged and fraught discussions today before a relatively anodyne statement was issued in Ms Alexander’s name.
In that statement, she denies “intentional wrong doing”, arguing that, once the full facts are known, she will be exonerated.
These fulsome facts, she says, will be disclosed to the Electoral Commission. Further comment would be “inappropriate”.
Next key moments? The Labour group of MSPs meeting on Tuesday. Consideration - and an opinion - from the Electoral Commission. An investigation by the police - in response to a complaint lodged by an SNP researcher or, more substantially, if and when the commission alerts the constabulary.