It is the third time they have made a timid attempt to remove Mr Brown, only to find themselves paying unwitting homage to their leader in aping his decade of marches half way to the top of the hill against Tony Blair.
The obvious point is that the Labour Party, including the cabinet, have no confidence in the prime minister. It's just they don't have anything better. David Miliband didn't have the bottle when the need came to push and shove. However, the astonishing thing for me about last week was not just the so-lukewarm-it-was-actually-as-cold-as-the-weather endorsements of Gordon Brown by the obvious people, loyalists like Jim Murphy and proteges like Douglas Alexander were at it too.
Voters cannot then by into this Gordon Brown vs David Cameron dichotomy that Labour try to create, and not just because there is no difference between Labour and Tories apart from presentation.
In Glasgow Central, the electorate has a choice between a Labour MP and an SNP MP. If the former is elected, and Labour win power for five more years, he is going to spend his time on benches fighting amongst colleagues on how and when Gordon Brown is to be replaced. If Labour are in opposition, he is going to be spending his time in recriminations, finger pointing and yes, fighting with colleagues.
Only a solid block of SNP MPs, including one from Glasgow Central, will offer the coherence and cohesion that is needed during these times of national and international crisis to stand up for Glasgow and Scotland.