Malcolm Wicks, chairman of the Commons education select committee, mentioned Eva Allan's claim at the opening of a meeting with 120 governors. "Somehow we have got to weigh David Blunkett's dog," he said gravely. The Diary says that's no way to treat a lady.
Luckily for Lucy, the idea is not as simple as it sounds. "We can call for papers and persons but I'm not sure we can call for a dog," Malcolm admitted. Well, quite. Committees must never exceed their powers.
Having just completed a mammoth inquiry into OFSTED, the committee may balk at taking on another major challenge so soon: not the weighing of Lucy, but getting a weight for the paperwork received by governors. That, Malcolm suggested, would be the really tricky bit ...