“I don’t know whether they were frantic or not, they shouldn’t have been frankly so desperate.”
When handpicked former ministers make such statements it's clear that the writing’s been on the wall for so long it’s started to fade. President Obama will probably say something today to indicate that he values Brown, but the damage is done. It’s a back-handed compliment, but Mr Brown’s survival and will to “fight on” speak volumes about his character. Aside from shaking Mugabe's hand, the only way his situation could deteriorate any further is if there was a leadership challenge, but the time for that is surely past.