A new and vital role
Well, he did say he'd have a government of all the talents. Gordon Brown has just given a major new job to someone who he tried to prevent from working for Tony Blair and who was the prime minister's point man in some of the fiercest Blair/Brown clashes.
Jeremy Heywood is to take up a new and vital role as head of domestic policy and strategy in the Cabinet Office. Translated this means he'll be the new PM's main domestic policy adviser and progress chaser.
Heywood was principal private secretary to the Prime Minister from 1999 to 2003 - a job that (according to Derek Scott's book) Brown tried to stop him taking. Once in post he had to handle many other Blair/Brown spats - most notably on whether Britain should join the Euro.
He left Downing Street for the City where he is currently managing director and co-head of the UK investment banking division at Morgan Stanley.
Lest you think that Gordon Brown has changed the habits of a lifetime, it's worth pointing out that Heywood hailed originally - don't they all - from the Treasury, where he worked with Gordon Brown and, before that, Tory Chancellors Clarke and Lamont.
Strictly speaking Heywood's been appointed by the Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell (another ex-Treasury man) and not by Brown. This distinction matters because what Sir Gus and Gordon Brown are trying to do is to signal that in the post-Blair years that will be a restoration of proper constitutional processes with government managed by civil servants instead of Tony's chums on the sofa.