We live in a world focused by opposition. We must remember this has its limitations. Whilst no-one would deny that there is good and bad in the world and sometimes one person's good is another's bad - rain is good news for umbrella sales - the view of life as only understandable by extremes is daft.
So Gordon Brown had a bad month. When two or three crises came a calling in a row he did not demonstrate a sure pair of hands as Blair used to but rather exhibited 'How dare these bad things happen on my watch.' Now we would probably excuse those who stand for leadership a certain amount of arrogance - pushing yourself forward modestly is almost impossible - but in my judgement (and that of many others to) Brown didn't respond well.
Now to the opposition bit. Opposition politics doesn't see a problem to which they can contribute a solution but a wounded animal who can be killed off and then they can rule the roost.
So a wounded animal can expect a further kicking if he happens to be Prime Minister, not a gentle encouragement to dust himself off and go again. That Mr Bean analogy is going to stick for a while yet. And you know, I am more and more convinced that this isn't quite as good a thing as those who wave the flag of democracy might suggest.
Someone think of a better way. I can't.