Gordon King of the Pygmies
One Scottish MP told The Scotsman: "We have an extraordinary situation. What has emerged from this failed coup is that Gordon Brown is the only Prime Minister in history not to have the confidence of his Cabinet but still remain as Prime Minister.
"He is there out of a mixture of obstinance and arrogance. There is a touch of the Churchills about him. He thinks he is destined for great things. Unfortunately, unlike Churchill, it is only what he thinks, rather than actually being true."
He went on: "But look at the pygmies he had in his Cabinet. Look at the pathetic concessions they wanted to support him.
"The problem is that the party has accepted defeat at the next election simply to avoid a little bit of discomfort in getting rid of the leader."
And that is one of his own talking...