(July 2007),

"..My experience since I left the Commons has been that many are angry that no one seems to be listening, and do not believe what they are told. These reactions are highly political but do not connect with the way our democracy is functioning. Spin has played some part in this but the real problem is much deeper, and may best be identified as the progressive centralisation of power in the hands of the previous prime minister, who took all the decisions himself, ignoring the cabinet, parliament, party and the public, and was able to do so because of the patronage, deriving from the prerogative, that he exercised and abused."