It is not news that the Brown government was dysfunctional. But it was striking that Darling did not dissent when Marr suggested that under Brown, Labour had – collectively – not been fit to govern.
In the serialisation of the book in The Sunday Times, the detail that stands out to me is that Darling and David Miliband met the weekend after James Purnell’s resignation in 2009 to discuss whether Brown could be removed from office. Darling writes that "we came to a pretty unsatisfactory political conclusion: that Gordon wouldn’t leave; that there was no alternative leader in prospect; and that there was an inevitability that we must just soldier on."
The former Chancellor said that he was "very pessimistic now" about the prospects for the economy. He also cautioned against believing that ring-fencing was the solution to the problem of banks being too big to fail.