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Ex-postman's jibe rings a bell

If Education Secretary Alan Johnson's career continues to shine, a remark he once made during a speech to an audience of FE people will no doubt end up in the dictionary of quotations.

It was in his first government job as minister of competitiveness at the Department for Trade and Industry. In a speech at the Further Education Development Agency in 1999, he said of the Chancellor: "I wouldn't say Gordon Brown is mean but, when he drives under a bridge, he turns his windscreen wipers off."

We're pleased we'll still be enjoying Alan's one-liners now that he's not going to be deputy prime minister - at least for the time being. And who better than the former general secretary of the Union of Communication Workers (the postie's union) to "deliver" education policy.

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