I should have put money on this. As anyone that I spoke to at conference will confirm I have been saying that Brown would bottle it for the last few weeks.
The question that I am asking myself is “Was it David’s speech or the media reaction to the Iraq trip?”. Like most things in life it was probably an element of both but I think that Iraq was the more significant.
I am more confident of a Conservative victory now than at any point in the last ten years. I say this because Brown has managed to blow all the elements of the power image that he has tried to create.
Strong in a crisis? Clearly not! Clever strategist? No! Principled conviction politician? Don’t make me laugh!
He has also blown his relationship with the media, this will hang around his neck for a long time. He is running scared and probably knows that he has damaged his own electoral chances.
Brown is now damaged goods.