Where are the ministers lining up to support Brown? After the catastrophe of the Henley byelection when Labour was beaten into fifth place by racists and loopy-loos, there was no senior minister available to do the usual spine-stiffening interviews - it was left to the junior minister, Ben Bradshaw. TV producers and newspaper comment editors say it is near impossible to find senior colleagues to speak up for Brown. Even people who always supported him in the past have retreated into their shells and are privately distancing themselves.
Talking to ministers over the past few weeks, I have been struck by how fatalistic they have become. They do not seem, in the main, to be rebellious, angry or even despairing. Despair is too energetic a word. They seem clinically depressed, tired and flat.
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