Now is the Summer of Our Discontent
Mr Brown will face a summer of uncertainty against the backdrop of the economic downturn and rising living costs.
The troubles come as civil servants, college lecturers and firemen are threatening summer strike. The Public and Commercial Services Union yesterday announced it will ballot 280,000 of its members over strike action.
More than a million people employed by local authorities could take also take action this summer. They are angry over a 2.45 per cent pay offer.
Just the start of his misery? It hasn't all been exactly a bed of roses up to now. And the comrades in the party are getting restless...