There are very few straight politicians in the world, but Clare Short is one of them. So too are Denis Skinner, David Davies, Vince Cable and Ollie Letwin – a motley crew I’ll grant you, but perhaps yet more evidence that the fundamental problem with British democracy (apart from the voting system) is the controlling Party system.

Anyway, I’m indebted to Ms Short for giving me some straight answers, and pointing out that her February 2nd Chilcot slot is in fact a Tuesday – and not a Monday as I claimed two days ago.