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Are Miliband and Flint going to defect?

Unlikely, one might think, but today's art related Q & A throws out the suggestion:

"Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which works of art from the Government Art Collection each Minister in his Department has selected for display in a private office. [259447]

Gillian Merron: Works of art currently in display in Private Offices within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are as follows:

Foreign Secretary's Office Joseph Nollekens: William Pitt (1759-1806) Prime Minister—marble bust

He's one of *ours*, David.

And here it is:

The case for the defence rests upon Miliband also having the following:


Edwin Whitney-Smith: Ernest Bevin (1881-1951) trade unionist and politician—bronze sculpture

No photograph, alas. He also has paintings of former colonial governors of Honkers (not Chris Patten) and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Meanwhile, La Flint has this:

John Everett Millais: Hubert von Herkomer—Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield (1804-81) Prime Minister

The answer caveats that these are 'works inherited from predecessor', in this case Jim Murphy. The reshuffle was in October, so this suggests that either Flint does not expect to be there long, or else is one of those dullards who seeks to buy a pre-furnished decorated etc show house. Perhaps she also has photo frames chez elle with the display print still inside. Gillian Merron is guilty of the same crime against the imagination.

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