The European and local elections have proved as brutal and dangerous for the government as expected and the results aren't even in yet.
It is clear that Brown's former cabinet was collapsing about his ears so it's just as well he's having a reshuffle.
Why don't Brown's ministers have loyalty toward him? Yet again a failure of the political arts that stand between ..... well between what we have now and the successful maintenance of power that our system relies on.
We will see if Brown manages to produce a cabinet over the next few days and he may buy himself some respite.
But as I blogged earlier the whole point is missing. Brown isn't holding it together because there is no forward momentum for what are utterly extraordinary times.
In some ways there's nothing as weak as a dying government but in others there's nothing as potentially powerful, if it can but raise its vistas. No evidence of that yet but maybe this latest crisis will lead to a change of heart.