The last few months must have been a nightmare for Prime Minister Gordon Brown. His Labour party lost the Henley election (not surprising) coming in after the Conservatives, Lib Dems, the Green Party and the BNP.
They lost at Crewe and Nantwich, they lost the mayoral election in London, and now, they have lost one of their safest seats, Glasgow East.
This morning (Friday), Gordon Brown stated that he realises that he has to listen to the people. This afternoon, he stated that he had a job to do and he was going to get on and do it.
Excuse me, Mr Prime Minister, but, what do you think the people want you to listen to, taking the last four elections into consideration? Are they saying, "Please, Mr brown, we are voting your party out, but we want you to carry on?"
Or, are they saying, "Mr Brown, you are not what we want, please leave - now!"
Personally, I think the people, to whom Gordon insists he is listening are stating the latter.
Parliament is now in recess for their elongated Summer break (for which they still get paid), so absolutely nothing is going to happen until September.
But what then? Will there be a coup? Will he call an election (fat chance)?
Or will he try to muddle on as he has been for the past 13 months?
Mr Brown, practice what you preach. You criticised Mr Kibaki for hanging on to power. You criticised Bob Mugabe for hanging on to power, so ...