Certainly The Guardian has shortcomings but it is only fair to give credit where credit is due. Allegra Stratton managed to interview James Purnell while he tried to sound deep, thoughtful, caring and ensure a continuing high profile career (d’you think he’s signed to Portillo’s agents?), without ever once breaking down and repeatedly punching him very hard in his lying smug face. So well done Allegra!
PS. Amount Purnell thinks people can live on while being harassed to find jobs that do not exist- £64.30 (over 25 mind, young un’s get by on 50 quid)
Amount he claimed in just one expenses receipt… for fridge magnets- £250, overall expenses claim average of £1,506 a month (in addition to Ministerial salary of £64,766, and as a Cabinet Minister with entitlements he did get £144,520).