John McFall, chairman of the influential Treasury select committee, has called for an urgent fiscal stimulus package to help kickstart the ailing economy.
Gordon Brown’s closest allies know it would be suicidal to back an early election given how badly this backfired a year ago. This isn’t stopping other Labour figures from suggesting he should go to the country early next year.
Among them is Lord Desai, who back in April was describing Mr Brown as a clapped-out loser (I paraphrase) whose main function in life was to make Tony Blair look good in retrospect*. Now he has revised this view in an FT interview. Read more