Reading today that Gordon Brown is unlikely to attend the EU Reform treaty signing in Lisbon it occurs to me he may be becoming a serial non-attender, after leaving Angela Merkel to take Mugabe to task at the European union summit with African leaders. Perhaps spending ten years keeping his head below the parapet while Tony Blair took the flack has given him a taste for hiding in his office and pretending the problems are someone else's doing.
I suspect he is beginning to realise what the rest of us have known for some time - that he will never win a general election to get the mandate he really needs to underline his authority and he has so undermined the power of his team that he can't hide behind them when things go wrong. He must surely realise that being in control of everything also means being responsible for everything.
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David Abrahams put on planning fast-track