A leg man
Bichard, who had kidney problems last year, recalled a letter from the minister to the medical team treating him: "Harm this man's brain and I'll break your legs!"
This rang a bell with the Diary and, searching our archives, we found in January this year that NASUWT leader Nigel de Gruchy had told us negotiations on teacher shortages had got a bit heated and Mr Blunkett had "threatened to break both my legs, in a jocular fashion of course". After wishing aloud repeatedly that he wanted Chris Woodhead's head in a jar, Blunkett returned to his jest in March, assuring de Gruchy that it wasn't just his legs he would break. How such wry comic genius will be missed!