More than anything else, Gordon Brown wants his intellect to be recognised. This is worth more to him than Blair's millions, worth enduring the odium of the British public, and worth dragging the Labour party into a humiliating kicking at the election. When he said he fancied teaching after retiring from politics, he wasn't talking about a Scots primary school. Sadly, most informed commentators in the UK regard his intellect as distinctly second-rate, and not of the sort of quality that would secure him a teaching post outside of the Technical College where he once worked.
Not so the septics. A year ago Brown would have been a big-name ticket for Harvard or Yale, with a chair in European politics perhaps. Well, he's blown it now. Following his Libyan dodging, he's about as popular in the US as a halal Haggis, and Harvard is more likely to hire Abu Hamza today than Gordon Brown.
So where to now, Gordon?