Labour MPs unhappy with Gordon Brown's leadership have held secret talks with the Liberal Democrats about defecting, it emerged last night.
In a stark sign of mounting Labour disillusionment, senior MPs revealed they are prepared to abandon the party amid fears it is becoming increasingly Left-wing.
Former Lib Dem leader Lord Ashdown told The Telegraph that up to a dozen Blairite MPs have been involved in private talks about defecting.
Good. There are many many people in this country who find the choice of three conservative parties - New Labour, the Lib Dems, and the Tories - a real problem.
At least left wing opinion in Scotland or Wales has the option of the left-nationalist parties.
So bring it on. The grand realignment. A Tory government which leads to Scottish and Welsh independence; a political calculus in England in which the Lib Dems can demand proportional representation; and a genuinely left wing Labour Party.
Sounds good to me.