Gordon Brown is simply deluding himself if he thinks that he would get away with this:
There is obviously no hard and fast rule which states that the leader of the Labour party has to stand down if his party loses the next election, but, when the subject of one's leadership has been as rigorously debated as Brown's has been, then he is being delusional if he thinks it would be possible to continue.
GORDON BROWN is making secret plans to stay on as Labour leader after the general election even if his party is defeated.
The prime minister has told close colleagues that he will refuse to quit unless the Conservatives win a significant majority.
“Gordon has said he believes his enemies in the party are too divided among themselves to force him out,” said a senior Labour source.
“He thinks that if the May election is indecisive and if there is any prospect of a second election, Labour should not be plunged immediately into a messy leadership contest.
A hung parliament or a narrow victory for the Tories could result in Cameron calling a second general election within a short period to secure a better result.
Brown has told colleagues he believes it makes little sense for the Labour party to have a change of leadership if the political landscape is so uncertain.
The prime minister’s strategy is revealed amid mounting speculation about a hung parliament, with two polls this weekend showing a sharp narrowing of the Conservative lead.
I can see the logic of his argument, but there's simply no way that he wouldn't be overwhelmed with calls for him to stand down simply so another Labour leader might have time to prepare for such an outcome and enable Labour to face the Tories with a new person in charge.
And I say that as someone who thinks Brown is undeserving of much of the bad press that he receives.