Within the past couple of days, he's rather slipped out of the pantheon - I've heard him described as an 'idiot' and far worse. That might be something to do with his decision to abandon the party of spin for the party of substance and cross the floor. Of course, he couldn't do it without hurling some abuse at Call-Me-Dave:
'Under your leadership the Conservative Party appears to me to have ceased collectively to believe in anything, or to stand for anything. It has no bedrock. It exists on shifting sands. A sense of mission has been replaced by a PR agenda.
Although you have many positive qualities you have three, superficiality, unreliability and an apparent lack of any clear convictions, which in my view ought to exclude you from the position of national leadership to which you aspire and which it is the presumed purpose of the Conservative Party to achieve.'
Rumours persist about another Tory planning to make the change, with John Bercow the leading suspect - not for the first time, as his defection was rumoured before the last election. There is also the possibility of traffic in the other direction, as Frank Field is believed to be increasingly uncomfortable on the Labour benches - although that might be down to his emnity for Gordon - and I've even heard hints about Kate Hoey thinking about her position, although that would be a bit of a shock.