Not until now, that is. In a mea culpa on Social Enterprise Day last week, Cabinet Office minister Ed Miliband confessed that he'd managed to "poison" Liam Black, who runs Jamie Oliver's social enterprise restaurant, Fifteen - and Mrs Black too.
The culprit wasn't Miliband himself but something they ate during a House of Commons soiree. Black survived to advise others: "Don't eat there."
Surely this will appear in an Acevo report on the superiority of third sector catering delivery over state-run services.
- Social enterprises are kinder to the inhabitants of Whitehall, as shown in the photo (above) of Campbell Robb, director-general of the Office of the Third Sector, enjoying a hand massage by students from Sarah Bonnell School in east London, who run a social enterprise hair and beauty salon. Are third sector organisations learning to caress, rather than bite, the hand of government?
- A Children in Need fundraising committee member reports the generosity of American tourists when she was shaking a tin in Covent Garden last week. "We just love Pooh Bear - we just gotta give something," they said. She just smiled and kept shaking.
- Thanks to the volunteering charity that told me about its e-mentoring scheme for young volunteers. It is safe and anonymous, a spokeswoman said: "There's no danger of anyone being nurtured." I suspect that what she meant was "groomed".
- Mathew Little is a freelance writer firstname.lastname@example.org.