Evan Davis tried his hardest this morning to get Brown to admit that we've gone from boom to bust. Time after time Brown fell back to robotic chanting "global ... international ... unprecedented growth". There can hardly be a single voter in the UK who believes that the boom was Gordon's and the bust is everyone else's fault, but it's the only mantra he has and he repeats it with the tenacity of a terrier with a rat.
We're shaking the last drips out of the bucket. Another half a percent off interest rates, another fifty billion thrown into the black hole and that's it. The Bank has started 'quantitative easing' already. My personal credit rating is higher than that of my bank. The country's credit rating is being downgraded. The markets have lost confidence in Brown, G8 leaders have lost confidence in Brown and the latest polls show the British public is not very far behind in losing all confidence in Brown. An IMF team have got their bags packed and senior Treasury officials will no doubt have already been making arrangements - utterly discreet and secret arrangements - to accommodate them.
The words 'Gordon Brown's recession' casually repeated in Tory soundbites have taken anchor in the public's mind. They won't be shifted. There's no bounce to come, not even the remotest, slightest, million-to-one chance of a bounce. He's finished. You could hear it on the radio this morning; the voice sounded the same, the robotic mantra was the same but something was gone, something was missing. In the same way as authority deserted Speaker Martin, leaving the squeaky husk of a man in brocade robes, Brown's authority is fading fast. It's palpable.
The nation now needs someone it can get behind. Brown had hoped that Obama's inauguration would strengthen his position; in reality it's had quite the reverse effect. We've all realised just how motivating a change of leader can be. Bush's departure has highlighted the desirability of Brown's.
The end is looming for Gordon Brown; not obscurity, but the obloquy of history, his reputation in tatters, the nation's worst ever Prime Minister.
Now get him out of my sight.