Should he stay, or should he go? That must be the question haunting Gordon Brown right now. It seems that 62% of the population believe he should go and there must be those close to him who feel the same and are plucking up the courage to tell him. However, here is a man who has yearned to be Prime Minister all his political life and alas, was gifted the job he really should never have had. It won't be easy for him to pack his bags and leave the place he so dearly loves to occupy.
Had he not become PM after Tony Blair, he would have entered that exclusive club as one of the "great Prime Ministers who never was" and his reputation as a heavyweight politician would have been secured. Instead, his period in power has damaged him and his beloved party . If Nick Clegg now comes a-knocking it will be because a deal with the Conservatives has fallen apart and any deal the LibDems would do with Labour now could not be sustained with Mr. Brown in No.10.
Mr. Clegg has shown great contempt for the Prime Minister and it would be seen as a political stunt for them to be pictured smiling together after a deal. If Clegg wants to experience high office he has no choice but to bed down with David Cameron, although he will run into difficulty with his own party if he fails to deliver on proportional representation.
For Mr. Brown the loss of power and, in particular, his failure to become an elected Prime Minister, is a personal tragedy, which he will feel deeply. No matter how painful for him, we are surely only a few hours away from him telephoning The Queen and resigning his office?