The current crisis is distorting the polling records and reinforcing the boosts and name recognition of conference season. Events have a habit of enforcing new paradigms upon the selectorate, but as George Osborne pointed out on Newsnight, the eye of the storm will pass and the voters will reacquaint themselves with the Brown experience as financial meltdown is succeeded by economic recession. The key question is whether the positive results of this crisis for Brown will extend into the downturn. The answer is unlikely.
In such times of potential depression, and its consequences, Brown may look to the past and the creation of a national government to deal with a state of national emergency. As this is a creation of his detested Tories and brought in a decade of dominance, Brown will be unwilling to give up such a momentous opportunity for entrenching Labour's position in government. Will he declare a national emergency, biting his fingernails and reasoning "only I have the intellectual power to guide this country through the crisis". I think that the odds shortened on this scenario after last week.