Hannah Rothschild's BBC4 programme following Peter Mandelson during the months running-up to the election was, like almost everything involving the Prince of Darkness, a hoot. But, blimey, there were parts of it that seemed to come straight from The Thick of It. I mean, here's the voice of frustrated image-makers and strategists the world over:
If he [Gordon] can be normal and human with people as he walks through a railway station then let him do it.
Best of all:“
I want him both to be brainy - he can have his braininess, he can have all the braininess he wants - but i also want him to be sufficiently relaxed and approachable so people can feel that, as well as everything else, he is a human being."
I don't know if Steve Hilton can beat this.“
I've given up. I'd settle for the tie being straight. I'd give up on the hair as long as the tie was sort of centred. i just cannot understand why he can't tie a tie like anyone else and centre it like anyone else and have it remain there, you know, in the middle between the two collars. I just don't understand it.