What a farce. About the entire parliamentary press corps is standing outside - as Brown's henchmen know too well. So this meeting may as well have cameras in it, for all the candour going on inside. This is the old Socialist Worker device of entering a march, raising a few banners and hoping that by drowning out the fainthearts they can change the character of the meetings. And you know how it will go: Tony Lloyd, chairing, will pick the least articulate rebel he can find. Ian Austin will come bouncing out saying "it went really well for Gordon, and there was real anger expressed at the rebels".
Lord Janner, a member of the Magic Circle, is entertaining some of the journalists with a magic trick. "At least now you've seen something worth watching" he says - and he has a point. There are about a hundred of us out here, not one expecting fireworks. Bouts of desk banging keep coming through the walls, and even from here you know it has all the sincerity of recorded sitcom laughter. Journalists can try to call MPs later to ask what really happened, but there will be nothing dramatic. This party is too exhausted to undergo the tumult of a leadership election. It has simply decided that it is now time to die.
UPDATE: Thanks to the joys of text, we're getting some updates. Charles Clarke has said Brown should stand down, hardly an unusual suspect - but credit to him for saying to Brown's face what he says to the cameras.