Byline: LES REID
HE'S known as "Two Brains" Willetts for the intellectual capacity behind his considerable forehead. A former minister under John Major and longer-serving opposition frontbencher, David Willetts MP could reemerge from the shadows after the election to take charge of higher education and training.
The universities and skills shadow minister is also a leading Tory thinker on children's policy, and has just published a book called The Pinch, provocatively subtitled "How the Baby Boomers Took Their Children's Future - And Why They Should Give It Back."
His thesis is that the comparatively wealthy baby-boom generation, aged 45 to 65, has let down its children by saddling them with future debt. Teenagers and twenty-somethings are also unable to get on the property ladder and face record youth unemployment.