The prime minister is safe - for now
No prime minister who appears to be taking his party to electoral annihilation can ever truly be considered safe.
Nevertheless, Gordon Brown is safe - for now. He has seen off all the plausible plots to unseat him.
Today not enough Labour MPs were willing to sign up to a demand that would have forced a leadership election.
So, instead his critics sought to shame him into resigning by saying to his face in front of their colleagues that he was leading his party to certain destruction.
Privately, many fear that that is true but they fear more the consequences of a divisive contest now and a general election which would, they think, have to follow soon after.
In reality, the threat to Gordon Brown's leadership began and ended on Thursday night.
The shock resignation of James Purnell was meant to inspire others to follow.
It was meant to lead to either his friend David Milliband or to Alan Johnson becoming leader.
It was meant to make the debate about whether to back or sack Gordon Brown unavoidable. In that sense it succeeded.
Hence the curiosity that as Labour nurses its wounds from the worst election results in decades the party today decided to back the leader who took them to defeat.