At times like these you need someone to come along and make the nation smile – so step forward the small but perfectly-unreformed Hazel Blears.
Taking her place on the conveyor belt of rent-a-gob interviews on Sky News about the street riots, she said: ‘We have to ask why these children are not in school.’
Fortunately, the rest of the nation had already worked out the answer to that one.
Firstly, it’s the middle of the summer holidays.
Secondly, even if it were not, the violence was taking place in the evening when schools would have been closed anyway.
It’s worrying that Labour’s former Communities Secretary appears to have such a tenuous grasp of what actually goes on in communities.