Just how many times does James Purnell's and Andrew Adonis's obviously signed and sealed membership of any future Cameron Cabinet have to be announced before even the most die-hard Labour and Tory loyalists alike realise that something might be ever so slightly amiss? And now Hazel Blears as well.
Michael Gove is touring Fleet Street announcing the Tories' flagship policy of flogging off the whole of a state school sector which educates ninety-three per cent of children, but of which neither they, nor New Labour, nor the media these days, can so much as begin to see the point. Hence the absence of any fuss over this extraordinary assault. (The Golden Age of these things was in the days of selective state schools, the brief interlude between normative mass illiteracy and the ongoing descent back to that position.)
But Gove himself is on course for greater things than what is regarded as the Cabinet middle rank of Education Secretary. Rather, the man Cameron openly wants for that job, and who has very clearly already accepted it, is the current Schools Minister.
Give that a moment to sink in.