Following in the great tradition of sending scary looking/loose cannon cabinet members out of the public eye in the run up to an election, PM Gordon Brown was this afternoon devising where to send his cabinet to spread the manifesto.
Historically Gerald Kaufman, when a shadow minister, disappeared from the front line when elections were called and seconded to the wider reaches of the kingdom where journalists were unlikely to follow. A Labour party insider confessed that these secondments were due to his propensity to make babies, and the general public, cry or at least recoil with fear.
Equally, John "The Humber Haymaker" Prescott found himself detailed to the Shetland Isles during the last election to reduce the chances of the press reporting on him scrapping with the electorate.
Reports have already been leaked that Alistair Darling is to be dispatched to the Isles of Scilly, Jack Straw is to be encouraged to go to Oz (in order to get a brain, of course) and Alan Johnson is to join the newly formed Ministry of Information where he will be in charge of delivering the message by hand, and leaving small red rubber bands nationwide.