His nickname at the quango's HQ was Mr Burns because of his resemblance to the character from The Simpsons.
This year, though, the office is almost bare. Mr Harwood's replacement and Matthew Corbett lookalike Mark Haysom seems to have left me off his list for some reason. It's nothing personal, I'm told. One of his staff explains that the LSC has joined the legions of progressive organisations which prefer to make a donation to charity rather than waste vast sums on cards.
This is to be applauded. But instead of giving the money to an existing charity, perhaps they should start a new one - to provide welfare for all those unemployed Christmas card-makers.