That the plot failed is not much of a surprise, neither the the lack of solid backing for Brown by his enemies. Brown too did not have the stomach to go for a vote and therefore renew his mandate ahead of an election and get a boost for his personal rating as he would be seen as a toughie.
But the real cost to the country is the on-going collapse of the UK credibility in the eyes of the world. Check out what has happened the past month alone:
Against the euro the pound is bouncing in a range, but a very weak one with the upsides not lasting for long, suggesting a breakout will be to the downside of an already very weak exchange rate.
These three indicators all show the markets being very wary of current UK economic policy. The gilts price in particular has fallen steeply since the Darling pre-budget.
The Government is running out of credibility with its lack of policies to address our growing deficit:
At this rate the question has to be asked whether the Government can really make it to a June Election without a Sovereign Crisis. Dumping delusional Brown may have been our best chance of avoiding a meltdown, but the charts show we are headed for one sooner rather than later. David Cameron is quite right today - we can't go on like this.