NEWS arrives of that old Diary favourite Charlie Clarke, the former schools minister who has been much missed since his move to the Home Office.
He has prospered since he left and was doubtless delighted to be the guest of honour at a meeting of a Labour party offshoot in Hackney. It's called the Socialist Piecrust and gets together monthly "to improve the standard of political debate locally".
He duly earned his keep outlining the Government's line on police accountability and rhapsodising his "warm working relationship with Jack Straw". Let's hope he remembered not to speak with his mouth full.