Gordon Brown always liked to present himself as the man of substance behind the glitzy Tony Blair. However as prime minister in the last twelve months he has revealed only weakness.
First, he dithered and then lied over his reasons for not holding a general election, making him look cheap in the public eye.
Second, the ten pence band tax fiasco destroyed any image he retained of being a friend of the working class.
Third, his stubborn instance in pushing through 42-day tore to shreds any support he had amongst the liberal left.
Brown was crowned leader in 2007 without election because around 95%of Labour MPs endorsed him. Brown’s failing, therefore, are not his alone, but those of the whole New Labour apparatus.