It’s no longer a secret. Gordon Brown is in serious difficulties. Trailing the Tories by a full 21 percentage points is a smack in the face that the party may have anticipated, but seem remarkably unprepared for. Local parties building their strategy around a Brown and Labour government would be well advised to dust off their Plan B, bring into play. Poverty of ambition is a much a part of this embarrassing defeat as the competent and energetic campaigning of the Tories.