However, the Tories have been here already, although near two centuries ago. The conflict between the oafish Brown and the whippy youngsters such as Miliband is not a new one. Rayner notes that 'Castlereagh was slow-witted, tenacious and almost inarticulate in speech; he had never swerved from what he considered to be his duty, despite growing unpopularity and ridicule. Canning, on the other hand, had a lively and flexible mind; he was a brilliant orator, with a vein of showy rhetoric and a 'pretty wit' that sometimes made him appear flippant. Canning considered Castlereagh slow, stupid and obstinate: Castlereagh considered Canning as superficial, flashy and untrustworthy'.
Castlereagh was part of the unsuccessful Ministry of all the talents. Gordon's Government of all the talents gives the ascendancy to GOATs over MOATs, I expect, but will collapse with equal alacrity. Castlereagh became paranoid, imagining that past homosexual acts would be revealed. He eventually cut his own throat with a letter-opener, at his home near Sidcup. He was not mourned; Lord Byron wrote of his grave
- Posterity will ne'er survey
- A nobler grave than this:
- Here lie the bones of Castlereagh:
- Stop, traveller, and piss.