When I read in this morning's Telegraph that David Cameron is planning to give Stephen Dorrell a job in a future Conservative government, I almost had to check he was still in Parliament. Quite what he has done over the last three years to warrant that accolade is difficult to fathom.
In January I asked David Cameron whether he agreed that he had a choice to make - form a government of the best talents and the biggest beasts available, or fill it with those who had done the legwork in opposition. He didn't demur. It seems he has now made his choice. It's not one I disagree with, but if it is to work he should forget about giving Dorrell a cabinet job. By common consent he was a disaster as Culture Secretary and Health Secretary in the 1990s. He is, however, terribly nice and comes across on the media as inately reasonable.
Peter Lilley and Malcolm Rifkind, on the other hand, are a different kettle of fish. Neither would be a long term appointment, but people like them will be incredibly important during the first two years of a Cameron administration.
I expect him also to offer IDS a cabinet post in a newly created Department of Social Justice. There is also a persistent rumour that James Arbuthnot will edge out Liam Fox from the Defence portfolio.
The big beast question to which no one knows the answer is this: will he offer a return to the top table to David Davis, and if so, what post could it possibly be? And even more to the point - what post could offer that Davis could accept?
Such questions will no doubt preoccupy us all during the supposedly politically quiet days of August.