One decision Gordon Brown has stuck to is his appointment of a “Government of all the talents”, including Birmingham business leader Digby Jones.
The truth is that a lot of the flack Lord Jones has endured from Labour MPs and trade union leaders has really been displaced aggression aimed at the Prime Minister.
After all, Mr Brown chose to invite him to become a peer and to serve in his government knowing full well that the former CBI chief had no interest in the partisan aspect of politics.
He was never going to be a Labour man but he was more than willing to do a job, promoting UK PLC across the globe, which he felt qualified for.
Mr Brown knew what he was getting. In fact, the phrase the Prime Minister coined - a Government of all the talents - makes it clear that not all of his ministers would necessarily be Labour supporters. It is another way of saying that even people who would not normally be included in the Government could be appointed.
So critics who complain about a former CBI chief receiving a ministerial post when he won’t even reveal which party he supports should take their comments to Mr Brown. It was his choice.
All Digby did was say “yes” when the Prime Minister asked him, or rather the nation, for some help.
The questions Mr Brown answered in a Commons committee hearing yesterday came from Sir Patrick Cormack, a Tory MP who seems to approve of Lord Jones.
But in asking how the appointment had worked out, Sir Patrick was referring slyly to the controversy which has surrounded Mr Brown’s unconventional ministers.
It’s good to see that Mr Brown was unequivocal in defending his decision. When historians look back at the Brown premiership, they may conclude that the Government of all the talents was one of the things he got right.
Lord Jones’ job is to promote the UK to the business world overseas, and to this end he is representing the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform in China during the Olympics.
While he will avoid the symbolic opening, he will be there for much of the Games and for the closing ceremony.
His visit sums up the moral challenge Britain faces. China is run by an unpleasant and authoritarian regime, but it is also a growing economy which will only become even more important. We cannot ignore it.