A damning new Tory dossier will aim to 'prove' that Gordon Brown was teetering dangerously towards the point of a mental breakdown towards the end of his Premiership.
The 83 page document, complete with 'photographic evidence' and signed statements taken from 'willing and impartial' witnesses will claim to provide an irrefutable background to the claims.
Amidst an increasing number of comments from startled MP's and observers on all sides of the House, the official Government line had been that nothing untoward was taking place, and that the former PM was fit and well, albeit suffering from the normal kind of tiredness from 'the everyday ins and outs of Parliamentary life'. However, the PM's mannerisms were said to have become increasingly bizarre in the final weeks of the Labour government with a series of embarrassing gestures being noted. These are claimed to have been coupled with constant mumbled insults towards his political opponents and a strange habit of 'growling under his breath'. The Tory dossier will also claim that the PM had taken to talking to himself on an almost constant basis whilst his advisers faced a struggle to try to make their feelings known.
One Conservative MP who claimed that he could still only speak off the record at this point, said earlier today:
"It was the one big talking point in Westminster at the time. It was almost like a daily freak show as the PM waited until he thought no-one was looking and then started flicking v-signs and calling people 'bastards' under his breath. He even ripped his tie off one day - we really thought he was going to strip! - and he called another MP a 'wanker' in a loud enough voice to make it heard right up in the Public Gallery and started making those really rude gestures with his hand! It's astonishing how the speaker didn't step in censure him, but I just think he was as shocked as all the rest of us at the time!"
"It wouldn't be so bad if he'd been in the House of Lords; They're almost all a bit like that in there, anyway, and the Sergeant at Arms would probably just shuffle him off into a side room where he could watch the telly or something like that. But the Commons is an altogether different proposition, and no-one could relax with him at the time... "
It wasn't just in the Tory ranks that such amazing claims were made. One veteran Labour MP - again saying he'd only speak off the record - said that in all his years in the house he'd never seen anyone go to pieces in such a manner as the PM:
"We were almost at the point then where we just couldn't push this away. It was clear that the Tories were really on to it, and they only had to make the claims in a fairly measured way to give the Government a pretty massive problem. I didn't see how we could talk it away or gloss it over. And God help us if the PM had thrown his own two penn'orth in!"
"It was getting to the point where he'd become like one of those barmy Kings from the Middle Ages or something like that. Everybody knew they'd gone bananas so they just let 'em wear the crown and think they were still the King, but it was usually one or two other bods who really ran the show".
"The main thing that worried me was whether or not he'd still got that briefcase that has all the nuclear codes and stuff in it. I really thought that was one thing that needed looking at very quickly and if it had been me I'd have just slapped one of those Playstation things in there or something else a little bit like that. I doubt if he'd know the difference anyway... "