I've always made clear my preference for Blair over Brown and this article by Polly Toynbee signals why. Through all his support for PFI scheme disasters and tax credit fiascos, Brown hasn't once admitted he was wrong and changed tack.
Compared to Brown's stubbornness to acknowledge mistakes, Blair appears relatively contrite. Contrary to the left of Blair image some in the Labour party have attributed to Brown. Just like the left of Labour image the Lib Dems have cultivated with the electorate, is a fallacy when you look at the evidence of policy which just doesn't back this up.
On top of this who realistically could say that Brown's sleep enducing speech at the conference was even a patch on Blair's performance. Even enemies of Blair conceded this much.
Brown just doesn't have the charisma or the credentials to carry off the job of PM. With him in charge faced with the 'Blairite' appeal of Cameron, we could lose the next election.
Thankfully and hopefully the Tories will probably go for extreme right candidates like Fox or Davis or even the laughing stock that is Clarke. Of course this 'Blairite' image of Cameron doesn't reveal the true Cameron who is a flat-taxing right winger in instinct, but his charm and youth would leave us open to defeat if we have Brown in charge. Brown could quite conceivably be another Callaghan.
So if not Brown, who could we choose? It's a difficult one but like Diane Abbott says if Cameron is by some miracle chosen, we need someone of similar age to combat him.