You may laugh now, but once he's gone we may start talking about Gordon Brown in Churchillian tones.
By Ian Dunt
You're always more popular once you're out of power.
It's a truism, but it's also true. Think of John Major, who somehow adapted from a dull, inept leader of a sleaze-strewn administration to a charming, cricket-loving teddy bear out of office. Think of Michael Foot, or Tony Benn, who was considered a real and present Communist danger in government, but later an appealing parliamentary socialist whose lectures and speeches are regularly attended by enamoured true-blue Conservatives.
Today, the visceral national dislike of Gordon Brown is deafening. It's on every internet message board and every call-in radio show. Even his own party appear to hate him.
But there is a possible future we shouldn't write off, a future where he is mentioned in Churchillian tones. It may seem unthinkable, but it could still come to pass.
It would go like this: Brown loses the general election in