How to Get Busted Down to the Back Benches

The Londoner’s Diary of last night’s Evening Standard included this gem:

The current Tory Chief Whip, Sir George Young, has so far made a good fist of his post, but his political future did not always look so bright. When he was a junior minister under Thatcher over 30 years ago, he met The Iron Lady and tried to make small talk. She was at the time having a bust of herself carved by the well-known sculptor Oscar Nemon, which Young knew about because Nemon is his father-in-law, so he asked the PM:

“How is your bust getting on?”

He was sacked at the next cabinet re-shuffle.