Two Prime Ministers - and No Government
SO, just who is in charge of the clattering train?
Is it our lame-duck Prime Minister who seems to be in a state of demob-happy euphoria in which his boundless rhetoric bears less and less relation to reality?
Or is it our uber-ambitious Chancellor who in an act of breathtaking braggadocio has sloughed off the pettifogging inhibitions of the Treasury in a speech that in any other democracy could only be delivered by the Premier?
We now have the extraordinary scenario of two prime ministers yet no government worthy of the name. What a mess!
Mr Brown, his economic 'miracle' beginning to lose its lustre and aware of the potent threat from David Cameron, is naturally anxious to assume the role he has coveted for more than a decade.
He is also champing to prove to the British people that he is a broad-based leader of charisma and has interesting things to say about Britishness, patriotism, self-discipline, the workfamily balance and much else.
As for Mr Blair, he is still desperately casting round for a legacy while in his heart he knows he has squandered one of the great political mandates of recent times. …