I’M SAD to see Des Browne leaving the government – he’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met in politics. I first met him during the 1992 general election when he was our candidate in the safe Liberal seat of Argyll and Bute. I remember thinking it was a pity he wasn’t going to be an MP after that election, but was delighted when he was adopted at the last minute in Kilmarnock five years later.
I’m also glad about Geoff’s move to transport; he was a good chief whip but I imagine he’ll be glad to get back into a department.
As for the biggest news so far: Mandelson. Brilliant move!
UPDATE at 1.40 pm: For the absence of doubt, that last paragraph was not intended as sarcasm; Peter is an outstanding political talent. I was sad to see him leave last time and I’m delighted he’s back round the cabinet table where he belongs. So there.