The Labour Party is awash with rumour that tough-talking party dictator Gordon Brown is about to make a bid to become leader.
The dour Scot has refused to confirm or deny the rumour that he is planning to oust the current leader, himself, and then stand unrivalled for the leadership of the party.
Ministers tell us that Mr Brown has more than 70 MPs behind him, and he could be set to make his move before the party conference.
"Gordon Brown has proven to be a wholesale failure as Prime Minister," said one cabinet member who did not wish to be named. "He really has to go, but no one is brave enough to stand against him.
"Anyone who does have the bottle needs to have the support of more than 70 MPs, and the only person who commands that level of support is Gordon Brown.
"That's why he is going to stand for party leader and sweep aside the current administration."
In a coded speech to Parliament yesterday, Gordon Brown hinted that a change of leader was imminent. "For too long this Government has been over-spending, under-managing and under-achieving. The Prime Minister has had not only a year in office to turn things around but he was also Chancellor for ten years prior to that.
"In those ten years, Mr Brown has sold off state assets, enriched the wealthy, impoverished the poor and spent a lot of money on spin doctors. It is time for us, the Government, to do what we came here to do."
If Mr Brown makes a bid to become leader of the party, it is thought no one will stand against him because they are all afraid of him.