Three primary-aged "squeegee merchants" had a narrow escape this week when they stopped Baroness Blackstone's limousine in north London, the minister revealed.
The episode occurred as she returned from a mid-morning visit to a further education college in a - spotless - chauffeur-driven car. As the youngsters brandished their windscreen-cleaning scrapers, the Baroness wound down the window and announced herself as minister of education. She then asked the shocked youngsters: "Why aren't you at school?" Sadly, with a snarling queue of traffic honking and hooting behind, the Baroness was unable to take down their particulars. Or the name of their school.