Whose minding the shop?
Ms Harman, the Labour deputy leader, held a series of meetings at 10 Downing Street on Friday, prompting allies to claim that she was the first woman to take the helm of Government since the departure of Margaret Thatcher in 1990.
But Mr Brown - who is facing growing calls to step down as Labour leader - immediately used his spokesman to declare that he was running the country, despite being on a break in Suffolk.
Adding to the confusion, a third senior member of the Government, Alistair Darling, the Chancellor, is also under the impression that he is running the country during Mr Brown's absence from London – which will stretch on until the end of August due to his trip to China for the Olympics.
There is a madness at the top - Gordon must be frothing at the mouth that he has been ordered to go to the seaside for a rest, thank goodness he can still feel in control by shouting down his regularly replaced mobile phone. Some one buy him a train set where he can be really in charge.