Earth calling Lord Puttnam

Earth calling Lord Puttnam, are you receiving us? The diary has become concerned about the good Lord since he left the General Teaching Council.

Our anxieties were magnified by remarks to BBC Breakfast presenter Gaby Roslin last Friday about the importance of teachers: "They are the whole ball of wax. And I think what happened tragically was that somehow 10 years ago that slipped off the planet." The ball of waxy teachers slipping off the planet? A strange thought, but a great surreal image to relaunch his career in cinema! We can see the Monty Python-style opening sequence already...

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