Brown's 'bigot' blunder
Gordon Brown's unguarded comments about Gillian Duffy in Rochdale may well go down as the moment when Labour was condemned to Opposition. Labour could now be heading for for third place, and its worst defeat since 1918.
Mr Brown's comments are dreadful on several levels.
First, of course, they will anger the many millions of voters, many of them Labour, who are also worried about immigration. Many of these people are not racists. They suggest that the PM doesn't understand their concerns, let alone share them.
Second, they reveal the darker side of Gordon Brown, and confirm what many of his critics have long said. He doesn't like criticism, and tried to avoid it. He expects his staff to keep critics well away from him. Tony Blair, in contrast, often went out of his way to confront critics - the so-called masochism strategy.
Third, they show that Labour's claims since the weekend that Mr Brown was now meeting "real people" are pretty bogus. It's clear from his comments, and criticism of his long-standing aide Sue Nye, that Mr Brown still expected to be presented on the campaign only with loyal Labour voters. We now know the party was hoodwinking us.