Lib Dem deputy leader Nick Clegg, minding the shop
this week and next during Prime Minister David Cameron''s holidays, is understandably keen to disabuse the voters of this notion.
Harriet Harman, Peter Mandelson, Jack Straw and Alistair Darling are to take turns minding the shop
in London during Parliament's 82-day break.
A relative of the sisters said: "Both were minding the shop
when the robber walked in with a scarf covering his nose and mouth.
Hearing Wednesday's news within reasonable earshot of DCMS officials minding the shop
while their MP overlords were doing the business in the Far East, he got the distinct impression that the bookmakers ought to seize the moment and press to become National Lottery agents.
Lee's No 2, John Ward, was back at Molineux minding the shop
as far as any pre-deadline arrivals are concerned.
These days the 23-year-old often finds himself minding the shop
at Maxstoke near Coleshill, Warwickshire.
She said yesterday: "I'm minding the shop