The lot from the Reduced Shakespeare Company had fun mocking John Major on this evening’s Sunday Supplement. But history will be kind to Major, as to Gordon Brown. Each will be seen as vastly preferable both to his predecessor and to his successor, be Brown’s successor Cameron or Miliband.
Major will be recognised as actually having done, is far less time, vastly more than Blair ever did. He will be notable as the last ever “non-graduate” Prime Minister (and never forget that he went from a very working-class home to a grammar school), while Brown will be notable, not only for never actually starting any wars, but also as not just the first Prime Minister ever to hold a non-Oxbridge degree (more than one in fact), but also as the last whether Cameron or Miliband follows him, and as the last state-schooled Prime Minister ever if it is Cameron.