it's speculation obviously about unpredictable things, but if he did call and win a general election then he could make the argument to his MPs that he has a mandate from the british people, and that would probably make a lot of them think it would look pretty bad if they took out the guy who had just been elected by the electorate. there is a thread running through uk political culture where people really think that they should get to choose who the prime minister is, no-one understands representative politics and it would look like total bullshit to the general public if they elected someone and then a load of Tory MPs said 'no you can't have him we want someone else'I think they told him that if there was another VONC then he could only expect to get 65 votes or so. But he said that if there is a VONC then he will fight it. I'm really starting to think that he might call at GE that way he would be hoping that there would be enough people who hate Labour enough to keep him in power, although if he did that then the parliamentary party would surely hate him even more for gambling with their political lives to save his skin. I dunno if they could stop him from doing that - though if there was an election and the Tories won, what would stop them from having a VONC straight after that and getting rid of him? Can he really insist on leading a load of people who don't want him to be their leader?