The other news of the night is Eric Joyce’s claim that two Cabinet ministers had told Hoon and Hewitt they would resign and back their call for a secret ballot of the PLP. Nick Robinson has also issued a set of names of Cabinet ministers—Harriet Harman, Douglas Alexander, Bob Ainsworth, David Miliband, and Jack Straw--who were meant to be keen to see Brown go.
Peter Mandelson’s interview on Newsnight was notable for him saying that he had not spoken to Brown since news of this plot broke. Jeremy Paxman also failed to press Mandelson on whether he had spoken to David Miliband, whose statement of support hardly qualifies for that label. Indeed, Newsnight seemed strangely unquestioning tonight; eager to declare Brown safe and unwilling to read between the lines of the statements issued by some Cabinet ministers.