Speculation about Brown's mental health has been doing the rounds on the blogosphere for at least a couple of years now. From time to time MSM columnists would drop a print hint, much as editors of old placed a few paragraphs on Mrs Simpson's movements alongside a story from the Court Circular. Those in the know knew. This week the speculation in the print media has been open - both here in the UK and in the US.
The BBC has of course refrained until now from making any comment on the story; in doing so, I think it has acted responsibly. Even in this day and age, once the BBC report speculation on the Prime Minister's mental health, the game's up; he'll have no choice but to resign. Right now, I think the BBC are just waiting to see how the story carries.
These are incredibly difficult days for all those involved. Let's hope they all hold the interests of the nation as paramount, and do the right thing - whatever that is.