No 10 had been reluctant to confirm this for fear it might be seen as a publicity stunt.Heaven forbid that Gordon should be grubbing around for publicity at this time. Indeed:
Downing Street confirmed the story but said details would remain private.I am reminded of the man who made a substantial anonymous donation to a charity, and then insisted that he wanted all to know that it was him who had made it.
Sorry, after 12 years I am completely, wholly and utterly cynical about this man. This is the perfect form of spin for him; not only does he let it be known that he is doing voluntary work, he also lets it be known that he didn't want it to be known that he is doing voluntary work. What's more, as we don't know what he's doing and when, we can't even make sure he does it! Perfect!
What he hasn't realised, though, is that I don't want the PM to be doing voluntary work. It is, by all accounts, a 24/7/365 job (one of the reasons I don't want it). When the PM is not actually in Downing Street, or in touch with Downing Street, running the country like he's paid to, I want him to be resting and thinking properly so that he is better able to run the country when he gets back. Instead, he's off counting his Brownie points. As if that wasn't bad enough, while he's doing that we have to listen to the Harrying Harperson.
Come on, Gordon; you make such a fuss of "just getting on with the job". Get on with it, then.