Senior Labour figures have rallied around Gordon Brown following the party's crushing defeat in the Crewe and Nantwich by-election.
The agony will be long drawn. I listened to Brown on the radio yesterday. He simply hasn't got what it takes. It's tragic, but given what he's done I have to repress the urge to feel sorry for him.
It is always a bad sign when your opponents regard your leader as their greatest propaganda weapon.