Delegates at next week's Labour conference in Brighton can expect armed police patrolling a city-centre "island fortress" surrounded by steel crash barriers. A five-mile air exclusion zone and talk of a destroyer equipped with surface-to-air missiles guarding the coast will add to the bonhomie.
But, as The TES went to press, Labour's luvvy tendency was determined not to let the world crisis ruin a good time. Tuesday's "New Labour, New World Wines" bash at the Old Ship Hotel will see discerning activists quaff free Bucks Fizz and chuckle over the bad old days of beer and sandwiches. Then it's straight to Steamers at the Hilton Metropole, where lobby group The Education Network is organising a "celebrate local democracy" club night. Ravers should include education ministers Baroness Ashton and Ivan Lewis.
The Fire Brigades Union, joint sponsors of the event, will be on hand to hose down those hot-stepping ministers.