David Cameron has changed the subject of today's commons debate from the civil service, to one on party funding. The motion for the debate states: "This House notes with concern the corrosion of public trust in democracy following the recent succession of scandals over the funding of the governing political party." Cameron walked out on the last round of party funding talks when Labour refused to include the Unions in a proposal to cap donations to £50,000. Now for some reason (probably something to do with the police wanting to talk to several senior Labour party members) Gordon Brown wants to come back to the negotiation table, apparently willing to consider including the unions on any donation cap.
That Cameron has forced today's debate is not surprising following the weekend's revelations. Peter Hain has suddenly remembered even more deputy party leadership election money that he failed to declare, and Newcastle property lawyer George Crawford has called in the police to investigate the theft of his identity. In 2004 someone made a donation of £36,000 to the Labour Party in Mr Crawford's name, a donation which he has no knowledge of.
Gordon Brown is going to do some very fancy footwork during the funding debate. On one hand he stands to further alienate the general public if he does not agree to union donation capping, and on the other hand he faces a possible civil war within the party if he does. There have also been accusations that the only reason Wendy Alexander has not resigned is because she is being used as a human shield. Many believe that if Wendy was to resign, Harriet Harman would have to follow.
The Cabinet is meeting as I type this, and I've got the feeling that it will not be a pleasant chat over a cup of tea. Will someone be offered to the political altar in an attempt to assuage the demand for blood? Whatever happens it's going to be one of the most interesting days in domestic politics for quite some time. Will this be one of those days that people will ask of in the future: "what were you doing when....."