In modern usage, the term "dictator" is generally used to describe a leader who holds and/or abuses an extraordinary amount of personal power, especially the power to make laws without effective restraint by a legislative assembly.I have to ask, because there can be no way that the rest of the Cabinet could be inept enough to countenance some of his ridiculous actions over the last twelve months. Obviously Brown does not strictly fit the definition of a Dictator in the real world, but what about in his own mind? Does he believe that he can't be wrong, that only he knows what is good for the country, that he must do whatever it takes to do things the right way (his way).
We've had glimpses of his incredible belief in own judgement before, the 10p tax is a great example. The 10p tax was a mess, the press told Brown so, the people told him so, and his own party told him so, but still he continued to deny he could be wrong for quite some time. I can't believe that many of Gordon Brown's recent ideas would have seen the light of day if the Cabinet had any real say. I'm sure that Cabinet as a whole cannot be stupid enough to believe that their Gurkha policy was either good or decent. I'm also pretty sure that if they had been privy to Brown's horrific YouTube video on expenses, it most certainly would not have been aired.
I think Brown has become a one man band, unable to take advice from the mere mortals that surround him. Just like Hitler in his final year, Brown is in his bunker, out of touch with reality, the country has turned against him, his party is turning against him, but he continues to believe that he can win through because he is a great man. Meanwhile Cabinet members are hanging on for grim death. They know that they are doomed, and that they must get rid of their broken leader, but who amongst them (if any) will have the courage to strike the first blow?
UPDATE: Richard Littlejohn and I had the same dream last night.