The job offer that stunned Westminster was made face-to-face last Tuesday evening in the flat at Number 11 Downing Street.
Rishi Sunak and David Cameron were alone. The location had been picked for its privacy, given that a gathering in his office on the ground floor of Downing Street would have set tongues wagging.
Mr Sunak had a proposal for his predecessor: a return to the Cabinet as foreign secretary, plus an elevation to the Upper House as a peer of the realm.
That the news did not leak is testament to the Prime Minister’s small, close-knit inner circle of trusted advisers and the seriousness with which the now Lord Cameron took the offer.
The timing is also telling for another reason. Suella Braverman’s provocative article in The Times accusing the police of bias was not published online until Wednesday evening.
Once Nigel’s won the jungle there’s a job for him to do then.