By this stage in the campaign, you’d have thought that Gordon Brown’s nails would be chewed to the quick. But as this picture from the Observer shows, they are longer than ever. He’s broken the habit of a lifetime – and not even the run in with Mrs Duffy triggered a relapse. Perhaps he is more at peace with the prospect of defeat than we assume (or more confident of victory than we could ever imagine).
Here is a reminder of how Brown’s nails used to look.