Miss Smith, 45, who now holds one of the country's top four ministerial positions, revealed how she worked on a ferry to pay her way through Oxford University in the 1980s.
'I cleaned the cabins and the toilets too,' she said.
The sneaking thought does cross the mind that what she was doing then was more valuable to the country than what she does now. Sparkling porcelain upon which to sit is certainly of more value than the theft of our ancient liberties, the 42 day detention, the European Arrest Warrant, trials in absentia and so on.
Anyone want to offer her a job then? She does have experience with the U-bend after all.
Offers on a postcard to:
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF