A Whitehall mole reliably informs the Diary that Home Office minister Hazel Blears is employing a tough “don't do as I do, do as I say” policy over extra security measures at Government building Portcullis House.
On realising she had forgotten her swipe card to get back into the building, the minister responsible for the crackdown on terrorism tried to cajole a young researcher into letting her through the doors.
The researcher refused to let the woman pass and demanded to know who she was. Blears demanded to be let in ranting along “Do you know who I am” lines. The Diary feels relieved to know that the minister in charge of the UK police force is practising what she preaches.