It wasn’t a usual day on the job for one of our plumbing apprentices, Antonia, when Skills Minister, Nick Boles, turned up at a customer’s home to learn how to unblock a sink. But then again when you’re an apprentice learning your craft on the job every day no two days are the same, so it’s no surprise that she took the presence of her political apprentice in her stride.
The job was a typical call-out, a blocked sink that was caused by a load of cooked rice being put down the plughole. The minister did well with the manual side of the job, and it has to be said that Antonia handled the Daily Polictics Show’s television crew wanting an interview with equal aplumb. You could say it was something of a job swap.
And it was really nice to see that Nick has since written to Antonia thanking her for her ‘calm and assured’ guidance while he was under her charge. A great example of a government minister who is prepared to buck the stereotype and get his hands dirty. I was really impressed, especially when Nick shed his jacket and pulled on a Pimlico Plumbers jumper.
Nice one Nick.