When I heard the ministerial line-up at the Department of Work & Pensions I felt it was one of the strongest in the coalition - led by three people who know the subject back to front. Step forward Iain Duncan Smith, Chris Grayling and Steve Webb. I've seen nothing that makes me want to change my mind. Iain Duncan Smith's performance on Question Time last night reinforced my view that if he can't reform the welfare system, no one can. He was incredibly passionate and made Alan Johnson look like an amateur, and an amateur amateur at that.
It's as if his whole political life has built up to this moment. James Forsyth's column in this week's Spectator makes the very valid point that he is in a very strong position as he is completely unbiddable. Unlike, say Liam Fox, he has no leadership ambitions and can therefore plough his own political furrow without constantly wondering how it affects his longer term political aims.
It is more or less impossible to achieve the kind of spending custs envisaged in the budget if the welfare budget isn't gripped firmly. But IDS won't just grip it, he will reform it so the weakest in society benefit. And that's something everyone in the coalition can surely support.
The good thing about IDS is that he is in the process of building his own coalition of support for what he is planning. Last night he got the support of Simon Heffer, Camila Batmanghelidjh and Mary Beard for the broad approach he is taking. That takes some doing.
The quiet man is again turning up volume. And this time, we're all listening.