Thursday 30 May 2002

Travelling with Alistair Darling

Our new Transport Secretary is described here as having a "gentle wit." The only time I ever saw my local MP was about eighteen months ago on a flight from Heathrow to Edinburgh. As I passed through business class to the taxpayers' section at the back, I saw the man himself. He was reading the free newspaper and laughing loudly at an article inside. I looked back and noticed that he was reading a double page spread about the fall of Peter Mandelson.