I never thought I’d say this, but I feel very sorry for Brown right now. Yes he’s a hoon, yes he’s a moron, yes he’s a dreadful Prime Minister, but imagine how that laughter would have felt. In our desire for red meat, we run something of a risk of dehumanising this increasingly frail, increasingly feckless man, and behaving inhumanly to him. We should do the sensitive thing, call immediately for a motion of no confidence and see him on his way, with the sun in his face and the knowledge that we’re grateful that he did his best.

And then I see his answer to the last PMQ today, and I want to slap his stupid jowly face and give him an atomic wedgie.