It seems that Labour activists in Glasgow are desparate to avoid being picked as the fall guy for the Glasgow East by-election. All the front runners said no when they were telephoned by Gordon Brown over the last few days and even one of those who had reluctantly agreed to be considered seems to have had second thoughts and simply not turned up to the hustings.
(Of course, in the Lib Dems the best way to get yourself elected to a position you don't want is to not turn up to the meeting).
So yesterday's selection meeting was abandoned and another round of arm-twisting begins for the right to defend a 13,500 majority. Stephen Purcell, Labour Leader of the City Council, is being thrust back into the frame despite having refused before.
If they're not careful they might not manage to find a candidate by the time nominations close on Wednesday.