You know how it when you stay at a hotel and you might take the shower gel and soap with you. Or if you're feeling really cheeky you might take the towels or bath robes? Putting aside the moral question about theft, whether you do it not it remains a common cliche that it happens.
Imagine therefore what you might decide to take as a memento in a place you'd been living in for say, oh I don't know, ten years? Maybe even longer. You'd want a little something wouldn't you? A keepsake of your time there. Not something big of course, you wouldn't want to draw attention to yourself after all.
I mention this simply because I am, right now, asking myself, what might Gordon Prentice MP know? Or perhaps he's just stirring. You see yesterday he asked Ed Miliband
"whether any (a) works of art and (b) (i) valuable furniture, (ii) porcelain and (iii) other items have been reported missing from (A) 10 Downing street, (B) 11 Downing street and (C) Admiralty House since 1977."The answer was, as expected, that it would cost too much too answer, which, in fairness for once is probably because of the fact he was asking for information over the past thirty years.
I do wonder if the question may reappear in a slightly rewritten manner. That won't of course change the fact I now have images in my head of Thatcher, Major and Blair comparing tea cups that may, or may not have been half-inched.