Congratulations to Gordon Brown on becoming the UK's next Prime Minister.
We are trying something new here in the UK, with an extended handover period between leaders. There is not much in the way of precedent being set, however, and the fuss about it is just that.
Indeed, it is to Gordon Brown's advantage that he has this period to define himself before the country as the next leader in a structured way. It means we get to hear about his vision for the country. And it means we can take advantage of events by recruiting new members and encouraging our activists.