"One reason Brown astonished everyone by bringing back Peter Mandelson was that, whatever else, Mandelson is genuinely clever and able, and most members of the present cabinet are conspicuously neither.
"Despite that, it's hard to escape a sense there is something wrong with the Conservatives. These Tory boys may be clever, but they are too often silly. There's an indefinable feeling of a smirk about to break through; a frivolous flavour of undergraduate politics hangs over them." —Geoffrey Wheatcroft