I was stuck on the wrong side of the Channel Tunnel on Thursday and found myself in the same queue as Geoff Hoon trying to get a ferry ticket with 500 people and only one ticket window open. What was interesting was the mutterings of those around me. One said, “Isn’t that Geoff Hoon? Why doesn’t he get a grip of this shambles instead of just getting his own ticket?” This was greeted with murmurs of support with a few “typical politician” jibes thrown in. It’s a cruel world when Government Ministers even get blamed for the failure of another Country’s transport system to inform stranded passengers. Why am I defending him?! Of course he should have taken charge. Churchill would have commandeered a ferry and led the adoring crowd back to blighty.
Just as well they didn't know at the time that he was about to be appointed Transport Secretary!