Philip Hammond costs Millionaire contestant £31,000 (and stumps focus group)
There is fresh evidence that many voters are not enamoured with Spreadsheet Phil.
Who knew that Philip Hammond was foreign secretary for two years? Not Lynn Buckingham from Cambridge who appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? on Tuesday evening.
Having already bagged £32,000, the beekeeper was playing for £64,000 when she was faced with the question: "In 2016, whom did Boris Johnson succeed as foreign secretary?"
Lynne ruled out Liam Fox and Kenneth Clarke and then asked host Jeremy Clarkson. He told her it could be Hague, who had the gig from 2010 to 2014.
Lynne then used Phone a Friend and her husband correctly suggested it could be Hammond.
Alas Lynn plumped for Hague and left with just £1,000.
Meanwhile in the FT, Jim Pickard reports on an interesting focus group led by the Britain Thinks research group. He writes that nine middle-aged men sitting round a table in the Holiday Inn were "stumped" when asked to name the chancellor of the exchequer:
“I can see him now, slim build…”, said one.
“Old guy,” said another.
“Oh, God who is he?”
Eventually, they were given the right answer: Philip Hammond.