I don't want to rain on anyone's parade but there is every possibility that if Mr Brown sees his best, maybe only opportunity to win an election, coming up soon then he might throw his previous caution to the side and go for it. IF, he can be perceived to have saved the country from the current crisis, (much of which he designed), and IF the Scottish by election is better than disaster then stand-by. Look at the signs, Mandleson's return The news being leaked that he's going blind, (the granny sympathy vote) Dropping SAT's testing. Tough talk on crime, prisons, immigrants etc The economy will only deteriorate more next year. Talk of Iraq withdrawal, softening on negotiations with "moderate" Taliban Battering the BBC, (very un NL) Meanwhile, the schoolboy spindoctors from the Tories are in detention on the naughty chair for being very stupid with spooky Russians. Thoughts?