This evening, I attended a lecture given by Home Secretary Theresa May, one of the lectures in the Speaker’s 2012 Lecture series on ‘Ministers and Government’. She recounted the occasion when she became Home Secretary and found that on her desk in the Home Office she had a secure ‘phone. After about a week, the ‘phone rang. She answered it, wondering who it could be and at the same time, she admitted, with some trepidation. ‘I kid you not’, she said, ‘a voice at the other end said “Hello, is that Specsavers?”‘
She did not recount what she said in response or, indeed, who was calling.