Labour dare not go to the country so Brown has been surrounded by minders and nursers. His cabinet is so enormous, as these people call in instantly the favour of letting him stay as Leader by insisting on a cabinet seat (so useful to have been a cabinet minister for post government jobs), that there is now an inner cabinet which he is allowed to attend but whose membership he did not choose.
Even a year ago, Brown's undoing as too complete for him to remain as Labour Leader could not have been imagined. It's told like it is in today's Wall Street Journal
In a previous post what might be in Brown's future was discussed. M Lamy would be a hard man to move aside. Perhaps Brown's self-deluding hubris is enough for him to try just one more time to face his nemesis Blair and go for the post-Lisbon European Presidency. There can be no European President from a country that does not use the Euro. Mandelson has stated it as read that the United Kingdom will adopt (or perhaps be adopted by, would be a better way to put it) the Euro. Could Brown's single achievement, the keeping of Sterling, be at risk from Mandelson's blandishments?
'The whole of Europe can be yours but there must be no more Sterling, and you can be President, not Blair. '
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