The weekend papers will also not be good for Labour. To compound Labour’s woes, it looks like the big political story of early next week will be Alastair Campbell’s testimony to the Iraq inquiry, which threatens to dredge up memories of spin and Iraq. It should be remembered, though, that Campbell is a formidable performer and could come out of this appearance far better than expected.
However, all these political stories could be crowded out by the weather. This is a no-win situation for the government. If everything goes smoothly, people are unlikely to give Brown credit. But if parts of the country run out of grit or gas, then the government will get the blame.