I was walking along Millbank, minding my own business, whsitling away to Roxette on my iPod (actually, I can't whistle, but that's another story), when who should I spy coming the other way but John Prescott.
We shook hands, I congratulated him on his blog and then he told me his RBS petition gadget had broken and couldn't take any more signatures. Apparently he was off to present the petition to John McFall. He then looked me up and down and said: "I can tell you're a Tory by your coat." I returned the favour and told him mine was probably far older than his, and it may be a Loden but it was made in Yorkshire - eight years ago. He looked doubtful.
"Anyway," I said, "keep up the good work." He looked quizzical. "Keeping the spotlight off Draper, I mean," I replied with a smile. He gave me what I like to interpret as a knowing look.
PS Douglas Hurd used to wear a Loden too. One day he was approached by Carol Mather, an old school Tory MP who said to him: "Douglas, the last time I saw a man dressed in a coat like that, I shot him!"