Last night as I was walking down the famous staircase in Downing Street, the one with the pictures of all former Prime Ministers, I wondered if they had already hung a picture of Gordon Brown. So I whizzed up the staircase again to have a look. As I got back to the top I saw one of the permanent Downing Street staff looking at me rather quizzically.
"I was just seeing if there was a picture of Gordon Brown," I explained. "No, he hasn't chosen his picture yet," explained the staff member. "Well, I expect that will take him at least two years," I joked, thinking of his reputation for indecision. "I hope he takes much longer than that..." came the instant reply.
I took that to indicate there wasn't a lot of love for Mr Brown among the permanent staff at Number Ten. I almost felt sorry for him. Almost.