It really isn't an April Fools day joke.
It's the day we've all been waiting for.
My publishers (Random House) have decided that 1st April is the perfect date for releasing a book of speeches made by Gordon Brown in the two years since he managed to get rid of Tony Blair.
How on earth did he find a publisher?
As I'm quite an expert on the difficulties of getting books published (for more on which see HERE) and on how awful most of his speeches are, I can't help wondering how he managed to find a publisher at all.
All I can think of is that the CEO of Random House is Gail Rebuck, who also happens to be the wife of Philip Gould (aka Baron Gould of Brookwood) - close advisor to Tony Blair and New Labour on polling, spin and anything else to do with communication that you can think of.
So was it the New Labour network that landed a publisher for Brown, or does the April 1st publication date mean that it's a not very subtle form of Blairite revenge?
If you don't feel like buying the book, you can always browse through this selection of posts about Brown's speech-making - which, rather worryingly, is beginning to make me think that I might have another 300 page book on his speeches ready for 1st April 2011:
- Tips for Gordon Brown's conference speech
- More tips for Gordon Brown's speech
- Did Brown take my advice?
- Wisdom of forethought - can Labour afford to back Brown?
- Gordon's gaffe explained
- Unexpected poetry in Gordon Brown's speech to the US Congress
- Brown's 'poetry' heads up news of his speech to Congress
- Gordon Brown's G20 address ignores an important tip from Winston Churchill
- Brown does a better job than Obama at the 65th anniversary of D-Day
- Gordon Brown's honesty about the death of New Labour
- Standing ovation for Gordon Brown after anecdotes about Reagan, Cicero and Demosthenes
- More standup comedy from Gordon Brown
- How many numbers can you get into a minute?
- Gordon Brown tries out a 4-part list at the TUC
- Brown surfs applause (briefly) before reverting to type
- Gordon Brown's plotting comes home to roost again