In what's being seen as an unprecedented step, Prime Minister Tony Blair, has put an advertisement on eBay and is seeking to sell a Hotpoint washing machine and a Sharp microwave oven.
The Westminster press-pack has gone into meltdown and parliament watchers are openly speculating that the PM is on the slippery slope to bankruptcy. For some time now unsubstantiated reports of Mr Blair having been seen in gaming arcades all over London have been rife and have surfaced all over the internet.
Manager of The Silver Nugget in Leicester Square tells us:
"Oh yeah he comes in here all right but he don't think anybody clocks him. Some nights I've seen 'im do a monkey and then try and tap some of my regulars up for more. He can be a right mouthy git when he wants to be"
And regular George Pleb adds:
"I knew it was 'im all right cos one night there's this guy playing the machines beside me and all the time he's spieling into a mobile about GDP and Iraq and all that. I knew it was him all right. Oh yeah!"
This is the first time such a senior figure has been involved in such a sordid, and quite frankly common, affair and it can only surely bring Mr Blair's resignation forward.
Gordon Brown told us last night:
"Come to think of it he's been bumming the odd fiver off me here and there recently and now I know why!"