Grunting Opus Dei cabinet weirdo, Ruth Kelly, continues to demonstrate why she may well be the most hopeless government minister in living memory.
Another sideways move, this time to the transport portfolio after a gruellingly gormless spell at housing, finds her hapless as ever.
Demonstrating a fine knowledge of the West Country, she told the Commons on Wednesday: “There will be better and safer stations from Wolverhampton to Dartmouth, Cleethorpes to Swansea. Such towns and cities form the backbone of the national network.”
Not quite Ruth. Dartmouth hasn’t got mainline railway station. Although it does have the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway, a tourist attraction run by volunteers.
Not sure they’ll be pleased to hear they now have to form the backbone of New Labour’s national rail network though.