One minister close to Mr Brown told The Daily Telegraph: “We can still turn this round, but Gordon is not listening. He is lashing out and reacting to headlines. It’s all so reminiscent of the last months of John Major.Hmmm, something familiar about that statement. I wonder what?
“If we don’t get our act together — and that means Gordon needs some better advice — we could go down to a defeat every bit as big as, if not bigger than, the Tories in 1997.”
Oh, here's another:
Another Cabinet minister said: “Gordon is looking for someone to blame for the Gurkhas but he refused to see that we were in trouble and did not see it coming. Instead we had the spectacle of the Prime Minister, insisting at the dispatch box at 12.15, that the deal was the right one, only to be defied by dozens of our MPs only hours later.Ah, yes! Now I know what it reminds me of.
“I am afraid we are giving the impression that we have lost control of our own side. We have to get a grip, give him better advice, otherwise there will be more talk of leadership challenges, which is the last thing we want.”
Battered wives, attempting to rationalise why they don't leave the man in their life. 'Oh, if only I'd got the dinner ready on time, he wouldn't have hit me!' 'Oh, but I force him to do it by arguing with him' 'I can change!'...
Look, dimwits, there was nothing wrong with the advice you gave Gordon. He simply refused to take it, because it contradicted his own views. You could have wheeled in Stephen Hawking, the resurrected shade of Ghandi and Merlin the bloody magician, and Gordon wouldn't have listened to any of them, if they were saying anything that contradicted him.
It's not you, ministers. It's him! Do the right thing. Kick him out...