The Man Tipped To Replace Jack Straw is apparently still scarred from his days in Opposition, shadowing the fragrant-but-workaholic health secretary Virginia Bottomley. One year she issued a statement late on Christmas Ee (landing Mr B with a morning of pre-turkey interviews) and repeated the trick on New Year's Eve. "That time I told the reporters to interview the patients," he beams.
Sadly, Mr B's powers don't allow him to grant teachers the 2002 Golden Jubilee bank holiday. So regulated is the profession that only the pay review body can agree to teachers getting an extra day off. Even the Queen can't do it.