Young Sam Leith - a future Daily Telegraph editor if ever I saw one - writes very well. His is probably a more accurate summary of the Blair years than anyone older could write. In his terms, my Doctor Who is Tom Baker and my Prime Minister is Margaret Thatcher, but what of it? The issue now is who will be the "real" Doctor and the "real" Prime Minister for those - like my daughters - voting for the first time at the next election.
In my ageing cynical heart, some optimism stirs. I don't know for whom my daughters will vote, but I am sure Gordon Brown will no more be their generation's "real" PM, than he will their "real" Doctor Who.