As this Blog has shown before, elections (like trials) are potentially disruptive to the onward march of the Establishment, and that is why elections (and their effects) are curtailed as much as possible.
This Blog has also emphasised that Gordon Brown is not to be underestimated. In terms of gaining and accumulating power, he is the most effective politician in decades. But he has never faced a genuinely contested election.
Brown became party leader and Prime Minister by a sequence of manoeuvres and sheer force of will. He also dodges by-election campaigns. And, of course, he bottled the Autumn 2007 non-election.
One does not need much imagination for one to conceive of Brown creating a so-called National-Government-In-Time-Of-Crisis and avoiding a real election altogether.
He would even swallow his tribal anti-Toryism for that (just like he swallowed Blair for ten years, as some things are just that important).
Iain Martin in today's Daily Telegraph explores this issue of Brown avoiding contests, and wonders whether Brown is actually frightened of elections.
For me the answer is that he is not fearful, at least not directly.
Avoiding electoral contests is at the core of his personal political strategy. And this is entirely rational, if you have the political skill to do it.
No ambitious politician is truly a democrat. And, in this way, Brown is indeed a successful and highly rational politician.
In gaining and keeping power without having faced a genuine electoral contest, Brown is in fact the envy of much of the political world.