Gordon Brown, to Parliament, 3rd. July 2007:

“The House of Commons should also have a bigger role in the selection of key public officials.”

But not, as we found out just 43 days later, if the proposed appointee is a failed First Minister of Scotland on the lookout for a nice little earner followed by a nice big pension:

Jack McConnell to be appointed Malawi High Commissioner.

Nice work, if you can get it.