Mr Brown is within the rules to stay as Prime Minister, and to seek to form that “progressive coalition” that we have been debating on this site for a few days.
The question which needs to be asked,however, is does he understand the mood of the country? It is within the rules to do as he does, but is it within the spirit of the election result? Does he recognise that if you lose around 100 seats and fall substantially in the popular vote, if you come a poor second , it is possible that the country does not want you to remain as Prime Minister?
Listening to him last night he was still speaking as a partisan politician as if he had a majority and an election to win. Surely the tone should be different if you are leading a minority which has just lost so many seats and votes?
It poses an interesting problem for Mr Clegg. Is there a deal which is too good to turn down? Just add a few nationalists and there could be a leftwards leaning coalition in a country which just swung markedly away from the left in the way it has voted. More to the point, could such a coalition start to tackle the huge fiscal and economic problems that now confront us?