Little at Large: Boob on a book cover causes storm in a B-cup

You know you've made it when you're considered worthy of caricature - but as John Major and his underpants can attest, it doesn't always turn out as you would wish.

A lithe and slinky cartoon version of Debra Allcock Tyler, chief executive of the Directory of Social Change, adorns the cover of her recent book, The Pleasure and the Pain. But it's a little too slinky for Debra, who felt cartoonist Griselda had, let's say, underestimated her assets.

"I tried very hard to get her to make some changes in the bosom area, but she's wouldn't budge on it," she confessed at the launch last week of Your Chance to Change the World by the self-dubbed naked entrepreneur himself, Craig Dearden-Phillips. He apparently had more luck over changes to his Griselda cartoon, emerging younger and in his favourite brown suit.

Perhaps we owe an apology to Boris Johnson. In last week's column we suggested that his jibe that the other London Mayoral candidates were "ignoring the voluntary sector" was somewhat partisan, given that their crime had merely been to fail to turn up to a debate at former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith's Centre for Social Justice. But it turns out Boris may have been right after all. The London Voluntary Service Council sent out a list of questions to all the candidates on how they would improve life for the sector in the capital. So far, only Boris has deigned to respond. Maybe he was stung into action by Third Sector?

That said, the former Spectator editor's replies are not exactly laced with an intimate knowledge of sector issues. In response to a question on how he would incorporate Compact principles into his mayoralty, Boris says he will "demonstrate his commitment" by hosting an annual voluntary sector day at City Hall. That'll sort it!

- Mathew Little is a freelance writer mathew.little@haymarket.com.

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