Gordon Brown has never had a democratic mandate from the British people. He remains in office on sufferance, for as long as the will of the electorate will stretch. That remit is ended. An unassailable majority of electors no longer regard his holding of Prime Ministerial office as legitimate, yet he refuses us a general election. He is, in effect, a squatter in Downing Street.
Every day he remains in power, our economy and nation suffer. The absurd VAT reduction. The lunatic borrowing and spending. The utter mismanagement of the nation's assets. For as long as he refuses an election, the continuation of such policies in the face of public opposition by a minister lacking democratic legitimacy constitutes in the broadest sense malfeasance in public office.
There is no doubt that Brown will go down in history as the UK's worst ever Prime Minister. The obloquy of history will follow him to the grave. It will not be enough merely to deny him the peerage usual for ex-PMs; I believe he should answer for the damage he has caused in the dock.
Prying Brown's fingers from the door jamb of Number Ten will require some shrewd blows. Let him also be aware that the British people will pursue him into the courts, and that every day this illegitimate unsanctioned vote-dodging squatter clings unreasonably to power will make his offence the worse.