Extract from article by Jeff Randall in today's Daily Telegraph:
"It would be fair to say that the views of the Daily Mirror and this column rarely travel in the same direction. Yesterday, however, the Labour Party's staunchest supporter in the mainstream press got it absolutely right.
Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt, it said, are "bumbling" failures, "dozy" rebels, whose "botched" plot to oust Gordon Brown was the "small-minded" treachery of two "famously self-important" but "washed-up" cowards.
In the playground of British politics, boomed the Mirror, Mr. Hoon is a blundering dunce and Miss Hewitt a hectoring nanny. They are "stupid", "mad", "bonkers" and "crazy", Westminster's Dumb and Dumber.
No quibbles there - that just about sums them up. Unfortunately it also prompts a question: how did these clowns manage to secure top jobs at the heart of government for an entire decade?
Having demonstrated incompetence and perfidy, they are unfit to polish the Cabinet table, much less sit around it. Yet while Mr. Hoon was running Defence (1999-2005) and Transport (2008-09), Miss Hewitt was in charge of Trade and Industry (2001-05) and the NHS (2005-07).
No wonder we're in such a mess.