I know Gordon Brown wants to paint himself as the man leading the global charge against the global recession that is in every way a global problem. Global. But stories are leaking out all over the place that show his petty, vindictive and almost paranoid behaviour coming to the front once again.
A couple of weeks ago, it was reported that Brown had Boris Johnson moved at a memorial service so that Harriet Harman could take his place. This was despite the fact that Johnson was one of the speakers - alongside Brown himself and David Cameron - while Harman wasn't. So Brown got rid of Boris and used Harman as a buffer so he wouldn't have to talk to Cameron.
And tonight we see this story in the Telegraph. As part of Brown's strange attempt to suck up to Tories, he is planning a special dinner at No.10 to unveil a painting of Margaret Thatcher. Apparently, when Thatcher's office suggested that it would be a good idea for the current leader of the Conservative Party to attend - and why wouldn't such a suggestion be made? - there were serious attempts to have Cameron removed from the list.
As fewer and fewer people buy in to Gordon's economic ego trip, stories like this only go to show that not only is he the wrong man for the job, but the old habits that shaped him from his early days in politics are still there. Do you really want to trust the economy to a man who has a hissy fit about a dinner party?