Amidst all the scurrilous gossip of the past few days, something profound has been overlooked.
Hissing Sid, the sibilant, slithery, Peter Mandelson, has done more than just reposition himself one failed heartbeat away from the Prime Minister and complete control of Great Britain.
He has done more than manoeuvre himself into a position where one jibe too many may drive our fragile Prime Ministerial ego into the Priory and leave him in utter control of our nationalised banks.
He can wreak greater damage then merely re-painting the front door of 10 Downing Street a fetching shade of pink.
In a week which has seen anguished parents complain that children as young as five years old were subjected to a graphic explanation of homosexuality, and in turn be accused of being homophobic for complaining, the crown ponce of our newly unelected cabinet has seized control of our universities.
In a statement, Downing Street said the move would put further education and universities “closer to the heart of government thinking about building now for the upturn”.
However much it may irk politicians, universities are not for making a profit, not for being cost-effective, not for training people according to the profile of expertise demanded by employers.
Universities are fact, not spin, based, and universities bring a commitment to fact as their fundamental source of policy. Universities are for inquiring into what ought to be believed, for establishing ways of finding out the truth. They are for the inculcation of wisdom.
The fiscal and political reality is that they are uneasy bedfellows with their paymasters, the government.
In Russia and Azerbaijan under communism, the universities were the only focus of resistance and dissent. Universities are elitist (in demanding a high level of intelligence), subversive (their testing of ideas recognises no authority as exempt from questioning), independent (they have no allegiance to any interest group).
No wonder politicians try so hard to hobble and control them.
Quietly, silently, whilst we were all distracted by Punch and Judy politics, Peter Mandelson took ultimate control of the young, independent, subversive, elite minds in this country.
Nothing has sent a greater shiver down my spine.