I wrote last October about Labour's "spoilt generation" of young "Fauntleroys", the youthful cohort of apparatchiks which has gained an even stronger grip upon the Government as a result of last week's reshuffle. Able they may be, but they have never experienced struggle and - crucially - have grown up in an era when Labour was either winning, or about to win. They have little experience of adversity, except the collateral damage of the Blair-Brown feud.
In Davos, Mr Brown was boasting nervously about his "young ministers". He did the same when I was with him in Camp David last July. But youth is not in itself an answer to the Government's predicament.