We’re watching history, New Labour is coming to an end, a lecturn has been placed outside downing street, and any second now we’re expecting Gordon Brown to address the crowds of hacks outside Downing Street announcing his intention to submit his resignation to The Queen.
And so here we are, Brown is addressing the nation – he’s just said
I have informed the Queen’s private secretary that it is my intention to tender my resignation to the Queen. In the event that the Queen accepts, I shall advise her to invite the leader of the Opposition to form a government.
For the good of the nation let’s hope Her Majesty accepts! This is actually all very dignified it must be said, it’s a good speech – maybe his best as prime minister: it’s quite moving and I think @benarchibald on twitter has just put it more poetically than I can.
He became his rank only in the giving up of it.
And so with the words, thank you, and goodbye – with a tear in his eye he takes his Boys, his Wife and himself from Downing Street, next stop the Palace, then presumably back to Scotland tonight?
This really is something I’ve waited to see for 13 years, the end of Labour rule – don’t get me wrong, they’ve done many great things – but among the great things they’ve made huge mistakes, they’ve forgotten who really holds the balance of power, and in what seems to be an entirely uncharacteristic move on Brown’s part he’s taking the nation by surprise, his party by surprise, and certainly Cameron & Clegg by surprise by jumping before he was pushed. A final act, that I must say I respect enormously.