Tom Bower of The Mail suggests that Brown is hanging on because he's convinced of his genius and destiny.
I don't think those are his reasons for clinging onto power. He's hanging on to power by his chewed fingernails because:
- he's despotic and power-hungry
- he wants to ensure that the Lisbon Treaty is ratified
- he wants to ensure that he gets onto the EU gravy train or to gain a seat in the Lords
- he wants his golden parachute and generous pension
- the Labour party doesn't have enough money to fight the general election and he's hoping that the PLP will attract funding between now and May 2010
I feel certain that if Brown could call off the general election, he would. I wouldn't be surprised if he latched onto or hatched some crisis as an excuse to declare a state of emergency and postpone the general election past May 2010.
He's a dangerous, anti-democratic man who should be locked up in a loony bin - not running the country into the ground.
Update: Man in a Shed makes a good point: he might well try to change the electoral system in an attempt to save Labour. We should all be vigilant and examine his proposals very carefully indeed.