A letter last week pointed out Clarke's resemblance to the Evil Hood, villain of the Thunderbirds puppet series. He reminds us that David Miliband, the wunderkind schools minister, also sports a Thunderbirds nickname: "Brains", after the puppet boffin scientist. Is there a theme here? Dare we cast Margaret Hodge, minister for further and higher education, as Lady Penelope? And permanent secretary David Normington as faithful retainer Parker?
On the subject of names, heated debate continues to surround the nickname of Charles Clarke and his new cronies.
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