No animal in the political jungle is more awful in its misery than an ex-prime minister

I loved this quality writing by Simon Jenkis in today’s Guardian. Headed: ‘Gordon Brown now suffers that incurable syndrome: ex-PM.’

Whether it was Heath’s long sulk, Blair’s penance or Thatcher’s betrayal, Britain has rarely been kind to departed leaders

No animal in the political jungle is more awful in its misery than an ex-prime minister. With the blood of past battle still congealed on its back, it howls through the haunts of old, reeking of stale breath and stale headlines, a putrefying hulk of resentment, hopelessness and revenge. It grabs friend and foe alike by the neck and cries: “Fools, the lot of you. I was right all along. Now look at the mess you have made.”

Gordon Brown rose in the Commons debate on Wednesday and caused a buzz of excitement. Someone had left the cage door open and the beast was loose…

Great article. Especially the observation of the great issues Brown was not speaking about.

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