It seems that the man rapidly becoming known as “a one-man Nokia sales machine” or, somewhat less flatteringly, as “the Prime Mentalist” is becoming more and more out of control.
Sensational claims that Gordon Brown has physically attacked his staff in a series of outbursts in Downing Street – and once in America – have rocked the Government.
Well-placed sources say the Prime Minister has been accused of hitting a senior adviser, pulling a secretary out of her chair and hurling foul-mouthed abuse at aides while distraught over an alleged snub by President Barack Obama.
The problem that the Labour Party face in this regard is the increasing frequency and range of these stories. Not long ago, we had an article highlighting the Prime Minister’s alleged social awkwardness with dinner guests and stories about a potential mental illness have circulated for ages now, a story broken by fellow wearer of the Raccoon hat, John Ward. Photographs of Brown show a surprising proportion of gawky postures and awkward expressions, many photographs have looked to me like they were taken from a stage version of Rain Man, with Gordon Brown far too skilfully reprising the Dustin Hoffman role.
Mr Brown does seem to be slightly disconnected from reality, even to the most impartial observer. It’s hard to blame him though, for the last 12 years, he has watched his colleagues behave in a manner entirely unbecoming a member of the mother of all parliaments, entirely without any sanction falling upon them, without recrimination or regret and so why should he be any different? In perhaps the most convincing display of his dissociation from what we would call reality was the recent announcement that he intends to remain on as leader of the Labour Party if the Tories manage a majority of less than 20.
And why not? It would seem to me that this would give us the delightful pleasure of being able to continue to mock him on a regular basis without having to bear the weight of his catastrophic lack of acumen and ability. I am certain that he would also continue to drive the Labour Party further and more completely into oblivion, hopefully shattering it into a thousand shards to be spread across the four corners of the Kingdom and never again to be resurrected to enslave the population. If there was ever an incentive for a hung Parliament, this must surely be it?