There’s a new parlour game at Westminster as MPs and civil servants assess this first phase. It’s called Growers and Shrinkers. A senior Tory says: “Before we got into power none of us knew who would be any good at government. There are ministers who have grown into the job and others who have shrunk in office.”
She reckons that Cameron has grown in office while Clegg has shrunk. Osborne is a grower and Cable is a shrinker.
But her article is beset by one problem - those who she doesn't mention at all.
Eric Pickles has gripped his department in a way no other Cabinet Minister has, and achieved huge amounts in the first 100 days. Theresa May has also shown great initiative at the Home Office and is supported by a first class team of ministers. Surely she and Eric deserve recognition in Rachel's article.
UPDATE 11.34: That'll teach me to click on page 2 of the article, where Gove and May are indeed mentioned. Apologies!