Well, he's said it. Tony will have retired by the time the 2007 TUC conference comes around - and realistically by summer 2007.
Will that bland statement this afternoon be enough to quell the ranks of former friends and allies massing against him?
Tony's apparently off to the Middle East this weekend, allowing plenty of time for plotting and discussion by the Brownites. Even if Gordon decides to wait a while longer, the story will continue to be all about when Blair is going to resign. Government will end up becalmed by inaction and indecision.
I don't think that this is over - this won't silence the opponents. I suspect that the Blair years will be over at the latest by early in the New Year and in all probability rather sooner.
I know that all this furore is destructive to the party and I hate that it has to be this way, but I fear even greater destruction unless the problem is resolved and Blair goes. If party members and elected members are silent about this, are they serving the party by faking unity, or are they just serving the leadership?
The power to resolve this is entirely within the control of the Prime Minister. I hope he uses it.