A Major misspeak, a loss of profile and no photos please, I'm a hack

Plus: the trials of Turley

John Major: father of the lottery
John Major: father of the lottery

- "I admit to paternal affection for the Treasury... " intoned Sir John Major in his inimitable style when giving the NCVO's annual Hinton Lecture. What? He might have been Chancellor once, but surely paternity was putting it a bit high. It was, of course, a Freudian slip and he quickly corrected himself. The National Lottery was what he meant - his own special, big, bouncing baby from 1994. He's worried for its future; well, aren't we all?

- Camila Batmanghelidjh has gone at humiliating speed from hero to zero (or whatever the feminine version is of that phrase). But perhaps the cruellest blow is the news that her portrait - by Dean Marsh in a classical style - is no longer on display at the National Portrait Gallery, where it has hung since 2009. The gallery says this is to make way for other exhibitions, but there are no plans for it to come back afterwards. A photograph of Alan Yentob, Kids Co chair, has apparently been languishing in the NPG archive for some time.

- Katherine Faulkner, the investigations editor of the Daily Mail, apologised to a meeting of the Media Trust recently for being unable to allow pictures of herself to be taken or published. This was because of her undercover work, which has included some of her paper's exposes of telephone fundraising practice earlier this year. It doesn't take an undercover reporter, however, to find her picture all over the internet, not least on her old Twitter account. There's also a snap of her in The Lebanon Times. Not exactly hush-hush.

- The first joint outing of the charities minister, Rob Wilson, and his new Labour shadow, Anna Turley, came at the parliamentary reception for Giving Tuesday, that alien US concept that some want to see established here. All very cordial: Turley hoped for a "positive and constructive relationship", then raced through her speech in a way that made Wilson look like a top-flight orator. No doubt some training is available.

- Turley is clearly a policy person through and through, as our interview with her in the last edition showed. But she takes the concept of personal privacy to unusual extremes. "Anna has asked that her education, marital status and hobbies etc are not published," said her assistant. Yards of exciting info on all the jobs she's done, though. Perhaps Katherine Faulkner should turn her attention to Turley's history.

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