There is a laddish and bullying atmosphere to the cabal of advisers and MPs surrounding Mr Brown. Small talk revolves around football. Briefings take place in pubs and karaoke bars. The alleged coup against Tony Blair was planned over balti and beers. It is not surprising that Mr McBride begins his e-mail with the word “Gents” - the underlying misogyny of the rumours he was trying to spread is one of the most shocking aspects of the whole thing.
Too much testosterone seems to be Ms Sylvester's analysis.
And she might be right.