A question of when, not if
Whether friends or foes of Michael Martin, many on all sides at Westminster believe that it is now not a question of if the Speaker will go, but when.
They cannot see how his authority can or will recover from being told to his face by MPs of all the main parties that he should resign.
However, as his statement made clear, it is the government that controls not just whether a motion of no confidence in him is debated but, crucially, when.
The signs are that, after a meeting with the Speaker last night, the prime minister may have agreed to buy him a little time.
The Speaker will now chair a meeting of all Westminster's party leaders tomorrow afternoon.
He may hope to be able to announce the outcome of those talks before the Commons takes a half-term break on Thursday.
He may hope that ministers will resist the mounting pressure to debate his future before then.
He may then hope to be able to announce his retirement in his own way rather than to be the first Speaker forced from office in 300 years.
Of course, his hopes may prove to be unfounded.
Speaker Martin has his defenders.
Even some of his critics fear that he is being made a scapegoat.
Others are determined that no Speaker should be forced from office.
However, many at Westminster have come to the conclusion that his time is up.