Anthony Seldon has delivered a lecture to the LSE about his forthcoming book about Gordon Brown.
He is probably more sympathetic about Gordon (while being highly critical) than many others would be, and so it’s an interesting perspective on his premiership.
The argument Seldon makes is that the circumstances that Brown inherited and the limitations of the man himself circumscribed his premiership.
You can of course make a case (as someone does in the questions) that Gordon was the author of some of those circumstances – by agitating for Blair to go over a long period and fostering a factionalism that wasn’t helpful to our party.
But Seldon suggest that Gordon had a strong vision for his agenda (particularly on the international stage) and has some significant achievements to his name in difficult circumstances.
As with all these things Seldon’s take won’t and can’t be the full picture, but maybe it’s a green shoot in the rehabilitation of Gordon’s reputation.