Peter Hoskin

The situation is ominous for Gordon Brown

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Let's just consider three of today's events:

i) Gordon Brown has led his party to Michael Foot-era levels of support.

ii) Peter Mandelson has very publicly knifed his boss on national televsion.


iii) Nick Clegg has said that the Tories have the "first right" to form a government.

Senior Labour figures are suggesting that a deal with the Lib Dems remains possible – but Brown's fingernail grip on the premiership looks to be weakening by the minute.