One day I'll have to work out precisely how far I could throw Gordon Brown. That way I will know precisely how much I trust him.
His three non-Labour MP adviser trick would sound great if it wasn't part of what seems a mini-relaunch after Cameron caught up a point or two in the polls. Also, look at the Tory MPs involved.
Well, John Bercow had to be one of them. Highly predictable. A man so semi-detached from his party that Conservative Home forecast in July that he would defect to Labour - a forecast later clarified and apologised for, but not withdrawn.
Patrick Mercer - a man still shrugging off the label "damaged goods" after his allegedly racist remarks a few months ago, which led to his dismissal from the Tory front bench.
Rather than "best brains available", these two seem more likely to fall under the label of potential defectors or the injured antelopes at the tail of the herd, being picked off by a marauding lion.
If Brown were genuinely going to use the best brains from the Tory party it is easy to list the kind of people he should pick. Bercow and Mercer don't figure on the list. My list, which doesn't indicate any personal preference, would start with these names: