The TIMES very kindly asked me today to contribute to their debate about whether Boris Johnson should stay on as Prime Minister (see below). It was printed at the bottom of the page.
Which reminds of this little anecdote:
It was Baron Boothby (1900-1986), a famous Conservative politician, who happened to be gay, who once stayed at Claridge's in London, and created some stir when young pages would vanish for longer than expected after delivering room service. At one point the concerned concierge decided to intervene. He stormed to his suite and insisted for His Lordship to open the door. Boothby refused, claiming he was reading a book and needed to concentrate.
The concierge kept insisting: "I will be forced to break down the door, Sir, if you don't open immediately!"
"Don't worry!", Lord Boothby replied, "I will open the door. Once I'm done with the bottom of the page!"
Here is my little article at the bottom of the page – with a little stain. It looks like a mouse's brain (no pun intended, obviously), it's a watermark.