We've always maintained on Coffee House that coming out of recession won't do much good for Brown. But, obviously, staying stuck in one has far more dangerous implications for him (not to mention the country). Obviously, the government won't be able to deploy the green shoots strategy now. But with other major economies already out of recession, they'll struggle to deploy it in future. You imagine the Tories will have a field day with this. And – who knows? – it could just mobilise a few of Brown's internal opponents too.