David Cameron: I'll pull the plug on Brown

He's miles ahead in the polls, and is set to score handsomely in next month's elections. This time next year, the Conservative leader can expect to be Prime Minister. Except that he knows he can afford to take nothing for granted

Andrew Grice: Farce or tragedy? Sadly, it is both

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Guido Fawkes: You Ask The Questions

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Editor-At-Large: Mondeo Man is dead. Women will swing the election

The average Brit reckons they have just three true friends, I read last week. That makes Gordon Brown, once he's counted the wife and the kids, pretty normal. The same survey found we lose touch with at least 36 friends over the years, almost half of whom we dump after a row. Does it all sound familiar? Gordon certainly had a dreadful week, his own colleagues queuing up to stick the boot in, and several letting it be known that if he lingers on for the next election, he'll face a John Major-style drubbing. Sadly, it's probably easier to flog cars than sign up voters of any persuasion right now.

John Rentoul: Clegg's on a tightrope to power

The Lib Dem leader must beware of being too successful in undermining Labour or the Tories will win the election outright

Clarke: 'Recent events make me feel ashamed to be a Labour MP'

Charles Clarke adds to poll gloom for Brown

From hero to zero: Gordon's cruellest month

The host of the G20 summit has seen his reputation crumble in four painful weeks. Worse still, reports Andrew Grice, it's not events that are to blame – it's the Prime Minister's judgement

Blunkett: Labour is heading for 'civil war'

David Blunkett warns of 'self-inflicted' wounds amid rumours of Blairite plot

Gurkhas force Brown into yet another retreat

Gordon Brown's authority took another battering yesterday when he suffered his first Commons defeat as Prime Minister amid growing criticism of his leadership by Labour MPs.

Matthew Norman: Bloggers, lend me your smears

In journalism, as elsewhere, the ability to hold one's nerve underfire is a rare quality, and must never be allowed to pass uncommended. So a rousing bravissimo to Kevin Maguire of the Daily Mirror for staying so calm following his exposure as an apparent potential piston in the Damian McBride/Dolly Draper smear machine.

Stephen Glover: Too close for comfort: How the 'Telegraph' mishandled McBride

The story about Damian McBride's smears of leading Tories has been interpreted largely in political terms. It also casts a fascinating light on the general workings of the press, and in particular on the relationship between The Daily Telegraph, a Tory newspaper, and No 10.

Cameron: This will be the new age of austerity

As Brown enters the twilight zone, Labour is mired in angry recriminations

Unrepentant Brown defends Budget as a 'plan for recovery'

PM denies hurling objects at aides and flying into fits of anger during torrid week

Pandora: Gordon Brown gets the Ann Summers treatment

In what must be one of the most amusing stunts ever to have crossed Pandora's desk, Jacqueline Gold – the beguiling chief executive of the lingerie retailer Ann Summers – has purchased the Google- sponsored link for the term "Gordon Brown".

Leading article: Mr Balls loses his bearings

Last summer's exams marking fiasco, in which the Sats results of thousands of pupils were either lost or delayed for months, was a particularly wretched episode in the history of the examination regime introduced by this Government. Yet no ministerial heads rolled over the debacle. Instead, it was Ken Boston, the chief executive of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), who fell on his sword last December, after an independent inquiry by Lord Sutherland blamed an "it'll be all right on the night" culture at the QCA for the shambles.

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