With the news of the death of his constituency neighbour John Macdougall in Glenrothes, Gordon Brown faces another excruciating last ditch battle for survival. Glenrothes was the one they had been primed to dread, as the unfortunate Macdougall died a lingering death. Glasgow East came as a sudden devastating blow.
The Scotsman lays the issues out starkly, as does the Guardian. While the doyen of political analysts John Curtice wraps it all up on the Today programme at 7.20a.m..
So it looks like a November tryst with destiny for Gordon.