Harangued by the media and hassled by his own ministers, Gordon Brown is going into the Labour Party’s annual conference insisting he is the best man to run Britain in the middle of a global financial crisis.
The party faithful are coming together in Manchester in the wake of an internal rebellion, but to add to Brown’s worries a new poll conducted by Britain’s Independent newspaper claims more than half of all Labour members want him gone.
The opposition Conservatives are delighted. Their leader, David Cameron, will be a constant presence in Manchester too, peering out from every newstand, on the front cover of Time magazine.
Time’s London bureau chief, Catherine Meyer, said: “Obviously the turmoil in the Labour party has given him a huge push, but why we are doing this cover is because we think that he has achieved quite a lot on his own, and not just because of the disarray among his opponents.”
Brown will fight back against the ‘Tory factor’ with a crucial conference address which he has apparently been working on all summer.