Politely talking to one Labour member, while in the presence of a member of the Shadow Cabinet, I asked him gently to what he thought we owed Labour's decline in the polls. Instead of giving an involved explanation he replied:
Oh that's easy to explain. Our Leader is utterly useless. If you asked him which of the two doors from this room he was going to exit from he would be incapable of choosing. And if someone else chose the door for him he wouldn't be able to make his way there.
Yesterday, chatting with one of his colleagues, I learned that Gordon Brown was not the only one to earn contempt:
The one good thing about global warming is that as the waters rise, Hazel Blears will drown first.
How very dare he!