Lucy wolfs the debate
Those who lured Mr Blunkett on to their platforms got a three-for-the-price-of-one deal - ministers Estelle Morris and Stephen Byers appeared alongside him.
Arriving at a meeting hosted by the National Union of Teachers, National Association of Head Teachers and Association of Teachers and Lecturers, he quipped to the chair, MP Margaret Hodge: "I mistook you for a member of the NASUWT."
Peter Smith, ATL general secretary, had criticised the White Paper's "shoot the dog and award stars" approach. Mr Blunkett replied: "I don't think Lucy (his guide dog) thinks much of that either," getting a laugh and sidestepping the argument.