Ten things you should never let your MP do

Tortosa catedral Huguet Transfiguracio by Jaume Huguet. between 1466 and 1475
Tortosa catedral Huguet Transfiguracio by Jaume Huguet. between 1466 and 1475

There will be times (though let’s keep a vague sense of reality here – not very many) when your boss suddenly realises how hard and late you’ve been working and will decide to muck in and do you a few ‘favours’ to help ease the load.

This normally happens around the 10 o’clock vote on a Monday – about 20 minutes after you’ve finally made your break for freedom – or when your MP has got the ridiculously early train to gear up for the morning’s Select Committee meeting – essentially the only times in your life when you are not physically shackled to your desk.

To the unseasoned bag-carrier this will seem like heaven – what a great boss you have! But be warned – it is established fact that they’ll get bored halfway through their helpful deed, safe in the knowledge that you’ll appreciate the effort anyway. You’ll then just have to work harder and later for the next month – at least – to undo all the damage.