I must confess that I am not a reader of The Daily Mail. I was talking earlier to Charles Walker, the MP for Broxbourne, who mentioned in passing ‘I see Quentin Letts had a go at you this time; he’s always being rude about me’. I tracked down the article to which he was referring, penned by Quentin Letts in last Wednesday’s edition of the paper, and the offending extract:
“Another windbag was at the Public Administration Committee. Lord Norton of Louth (Con), a politics lecturer from Hull, was giving evidence about quangos and seemed opposed to the idea of a slimmer state.
Charles Walker (Con, Broxbourne) tore into him with gusto, complaining about the squadrons of propaganda officers employed by quangos to pester parliamentarians.
‘Yes, several of them are my graduates,’ said Lord Norton.”
Not quite my recollection of events! Apart from the reference to graduates, that is.