A radio station asked me to suggest some lines for Gordon Brown to include in his speech. As self-deprecating humour always worked well for Ronald Reagan and can be quite effective in getting an audience on your side, I came up with this:
"I’m sure that no one would ever expect me to be critical of anything said by any previous Labour Prime Minister.
But I’ll admit that I do have a question for one of them: just what did Harold Wilson mean when he said that a week is a long time in politics?
And what would he have said about the 63 weeks since I came into the job?
So I asked Tony what he thought.
“Obvious”, he said: 'eternity, eternity and eternity.' "