the idea that Ms Smith is renting a tiny box room in her sister’s house (“it’s the family home”, one official tells me) is raising a few smiles in the Home Office.
So much so, some have taken to referring to her as Ms Jones – a reference to Miss Jones, one of the tenants in Rigsby’s ramshackle boarding house in TV comedy Rising Damp.
I’ve seen the series and obviously met Jacqui Smith a good few times, and I’m not so sure I’d be brave enough to nickname her after a spinster of advancing years…
Rising damp is where ground moisture rises, ruining the fabric of the building.
Which sounds like a pretty decent metaphor for the way MPs’ use of expenses has undermined Parliament of late.
Meanwhile Times cartoonist Peter Brookes conjurers up an image which should being a smile to the face of anyone who objects to Jackboot Jacqui’s authoritarian ‘anti-terrorism’ policies. (listed on her wikipedia page)