“You should get Keir to do more of these non-political and more personal interviews,” I said to his press officer after he spent ten minutes talking to Jacqui Smith and me about his memories of the year 2020. We saw a very different side to the politician, who many feel is somewhat charismatically challenged.

He was funny, witty and entertaining – far from the slightly monochrome character we had previously seen in the normal political interviews politicians undertake each day. I had seen this in an hour-long interview and phone I did with him in March last year during the Labour leadership contest. I was more impressed than I perhaps wanted to be.