We spent our second Saturday in a row in Larkfield but after yesterday's Government reshuffle I decided to ask everyone I spoke to on the doorsteps what they thought of Peter Mandelson's return to Gordon Brown's Cabinet. I have heard lots from the political commentators so it was time to hear what the general public thought. The response was mixed - although none were positive. They were mostly apathetic, "not interested", "this lot are a busted flush"; or they were totally horrified "It's criminal" said one, "how can a man who has been thrown out twice be put back in a position of power" said another, "dreadful mistake for Brown" offered one chap, and finally one said quite sadly "I have been Labour all my life and now I feel that [Brown] has run out of ideas and bringing back Mandy says it all really...I won't vote next time".
I am glad I kept asking the question - from a Westminster bubble perspective, Mandelson's appointment is interesting but the public were not moved at all by his return so maybe it is a gesture that is too little too late for Gordon Brown.