There were suggestions that the Prime Minister spent most of the day meeting individual MPs and pleading with them not to vote against the Government, with some sources describing him as "emotional and at times tearful". A No 10 spokesman dismissed the suggestion Mr Brown had been tearful as "nonsense".Meanwhile the Mail reported:
One Labour MP told the Evening Standard he "recently got through three mobile phones in one week by hurling against the wall in anger". The Mail's political commentator Peter Oborne told the paper Mr Brown has somewhat of a "reputation for hurling stuff about the place". Mr Oborne, writing in the Spectator magazine, also revealed the Prime Minister's short fuse with secretaries; "He is said to shout at them abusively. He is reported to have impatiently turfed one of the girls out of her chair and sat down to use the keyboard himself." In another fit of temper, reported by the Mail on Sunday, Mr Brown was said to have upset his driver by picking up his phone and hurling it across the car.
Tears and rages? It sounds like what parents of young children term 'the terrible twos'. Not being a psychiatrist, I'd hesitate to use the term infantilism.