So at last it arrives: the great handover.
I have very little to say on the Blair/Brown transition, other than that it’ll be interesting to see what it’s like to have a Labour prime minister. OK, old joke, I know, but one of the most remarkable features of Blair’s leadership over the past 13 years has been how completely he has defined himself against his own party.
As for Gordon Brown, I’m in the “mildly optimistic” camp. Not that I think a new day is dawning and a golden age beckons, but simply that I suspect Brown will do better as PM than many people fear (or hope). He won’t be perfect (***cough*** ID cards ***cough***) but I doubt he’ll be a damp squib, or Jim Callaghan II.
Update: I can’t help but feel the BBC’s double-column splash would be better reserved for news that is actually, like, unexpected.