Embattled Prime Minister Gordon Brown came to the front door of No 10, Downing Street at 1155 am today and spoke to a small group of passing tourists.
It is worth noting that Downing Street has been opened to the public as a demonstration of the new accessibility of government.
Megan Smallpiece (39), an attractive, blonde hairdressers' assistant was shocked to be singled out by Mr Brown to receive his news.
"He took me aside and said he wanted humbly and sincerely to apologise for all the trouble he has caused in the last few weeks and that he wanted a voter to be the first to hear of his resignation" said Megan. "I was troubled by his obvious emotional distress - in fact, he couldn't keep still as he was talking to me - kept twitching and shifting about".
Ms Smallpiece went on to say that Mr Brown had asked her to tell The Queen that he would not be turning up for his weekly audience and that "he was very sorry for all the bother".
Mr Brown apparently then told Ms Smallpiece that he was going back indoors to have his lunch (fish fingers and garden peas) with his loyal Cabinet.