It is hard to imagine that Brown is going to have a host of prestigious jobs offers after he leaves office. He is almost certainly too tainted to go off and run the IMF or become the first non-American to run the World Bank, both options that were reportedly on offer when he was Chancellor.
One wonders what went through Brown’s head as he watched a relaxed, tanned and toned Blair have praised heaped on him by the new US president, who Brown’s team are coming up with increasingly desperate schemes (the latest rumour , reported by Sky, is that the British want a joint Wembley rally) to associate the Prime Minister with. Today, just to rub salt into the wound, Blair picked up a million dollar prize for “exceptional leadership”. How Gordon must envy the man. Blair seems destined to always be the winner and Brown the loser.