Comment of the day: Glowering on his throne, the Mr Toad of No 10, Mail on Sunday

The terrible emptiness at the heart of the Government has never been so thoroughly exposed as it is in Peter Watt’s memoir published today in The Mail on Sunday.

In the course of revealing just how close Gordon Brown came to calling a General Election in October 2007, Mr Watt almost casually discloses that nobody in the New Labour hierarchy had any idea what that Election would have been about.

Leaflets had been printed, limousines booked, deals done with the unions. But there was no manifesto, and no real agreement on who would write it.

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