It seems that the Great Helmsman of the United Kingdom of Socialist Soviet “Republics” has made his intentions clear:
GORDON BROWN is making secret plans to stay on as Labour leader after the general election even if his party is defeated.
The prime minister has told close colleagues that he will refuse to quit unless the Conservatives win a significant majority.
What a delightful prospect: the Labour Party will be unable to rid themselves of the millstone around their neck. But I’m sure Mr Brown is only doing this with the most noble of intentions.
“Gordon has said he believes his enemies in the party are too divided among themselves to force him out,” said a senior Labour source.
Ah! Perchance not, then.
It’s quite remarkable that Mr Brown displays far less dignity and humility than any previous Labour Prime Minister. His sense of entitlement and self-regard seem to be quite disproportionate to any achievements he might have.
The rest of the article is full of the usual machinations by the serried ranks of no-mark, flim-flam, thuggish boors and bores, but ends with this rather astonishing view from unnamed “Labour strategists”:
Some Labour strategists also believe that if the Tories were to win enough seats to form a government, support for them could rapidly collapse once the impact of their plans to cut spending became apparent, giving Brown the chance of an extraordinary comeback.
I feel that such a prospect is unlikely.
But I have acquired a large bottle of whisky and a revolver, just to be on the safe side.