Well, perhaps ... Two leading government ministers sprang to the defence of embattled Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Sunday, eager to quash speculation about a leadership challenge as his poll ratings tumble. Just one year after taking over from Tony Blair, Brown has been beset by a barrage of problems -- voters are punishing him over the flagging economy, soaring fuel and food prices and a botched tax reform. With media speculation rife about Brown's future on the eve of parliament returning on Monday from its latest break, Justice Secretary Jack Straw sought to calm nerves and quell mutineers. "Speculation about the leadership, frankly, is nonsense. He is the best leader that we could possibly have and he will see us through these difficulties," the veteran minister told BBC TV. Business Secretary John Hutton made equally loyal noises, telling Sky News: "Gordon is the right leader for our party and for our government." "I think unity is essential for progress in politics, so we should get behind the leader that we ourselves have chosen", he added. Brown leadership speculation "nonsense"