Party pooper cow;Diary

5th June 1998 at 01:00
White-hot technology has disadvantages undreamed of by Harold Wilson, as education and employment junior minister Alan Howarth has discovered.

Speaking recently to a high-powered audience about disability and work, Mr Howarth illustrated his many points in favour of an all-singing, all-dancing laptop computer with snazzy graphics neatly displayed on the wall.

Midway through the presentation, the minister - who has the distinction of working in the same office under both a Tory and a Labour government - wondered why his attentive audience was sniggering loudly.

Unbeknown to him, the machine had gone into screensaver mode - and the chosen screensaver of its owner (not Mr Howarth) was a cow which ambled majestically to centre stage, defecated copiously, and then wandered off again.

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