Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, is being touted behind the scenes in the Labour Party as the man to take on Nick Griffin, the unsavoury leader of the British National Party, on Question Time after the BBC decided to allow him the oxygen of publicity on the programme.
Officially, Labour is now "reviewing" its policy of never fielding members to debate with representatives of the racist party. Gordon Brown is, I am told, taking a personal interest in the issue and favours Straw, a lawyer by training, as the man to take on Griffin.
"We have to put up a heavyweight, otherwise we will be accused of giving Griffin too easy a time of it," whispers my man at Labour Party headquarters.
Still, there is a danger that Griffin may throw back at Straw the comments he made about Islamic veils in 2006. The Blackburn MP described them as a "visible statement of separation and difference" and called on women to cease wearing them. This allegedly led to ugly instances of yobs pulling veils off Muslim women in streets.
He doesn't seem to find it too hard to outwit Gordon Brown, but David Cameron apparently failed to dazzle one of his tutors at Eton. Last week, a large group of Old Etonians honoured a retired beak, Michael Kidson, on his 80th birthday with a dinner at White's and were regaled with a special tribute from the Tory leader.
The letter from Cameron that was read out disclosed that he had written to Kidson to thank him after he was awarded an A grade in his history A-level. The teacher said he had greeted the news of Cameron's achievement as "amongst the most inexplicable events in modern history".