There is something quite sad about the events that have just unfolded. Gordon Brown, having realised surely that any hopes of a Rainbow Coalition have failed, announced his intention to tender his resignation with a quite distinct lump in his throat.
The manner in which his departure had happened, after Nick Clegg's 'whoring' of himself over the last few days, is made especially difficult by the fact that he had quite clearly put every last effort into forming a Labour-Lib Dem government.
Gordon Brown was undoubtedly a great Chancellor. He took the helm of the already sinking New Labour ship as it headed straight for the icebergs of the 10p tax rule, the credit crunch, the expenses scandal and 'Duffygate'. He tried, has mild success, he left.