Well, Blair has retorted, in a pre-recorded statement of blandness during a visit to a school in north London. It started with an apology on behalf of the party, which was an interesting way to begin. Trying to distance himself from all the in-fighting, obviously, and put the blame squarely on that nasty, manipulative Brown camp. By the end of it, we were still none the wiser: this year will be his last TUC and party conference - that's as close he came to specifying any stand down date. Any date will be named at a time in the best interests of the country and the party. The public comes first, etc, etc. Other than that, there were a few opportunities to highlight a few policy achievements (although I can't remember which). And that was it. No questions, no answers.
Just over an hour ago Gordon Brown committed himself to supporting whatever decision Blair makes with regards to standing down. So now what?