So Gordon Brown will be Prime Minister without even an election amongst Labour party members.
You have to go back to 1963 and Grouse Moor devotee Sir Alec Douglas-Home for the last example of a new Prime Minister "crowned" without an election, even of party members.
It is a ludicrous situation. Ming was right to call for a General Election and I see that call was soon echoed by little Georgie Osbourne from the Tories.
As well as being outrageous that our Prime Minister will be unelected (except as MP by 24,278 people in Kickcaldy and Cowdenbeath), I believe this is a strategic error by Labour. The forelock-tugging days of Macmillan are over. Gordon Brown will have the "lack of mandate" millstone around his neck until the next election.