Strange, we've just received an email from someone at conveyancing case management software supplier headed “Gordon Brown take note” and suggesting “the UK needs a leader like this”. The message then goes on to applaud the Prime Minister of Australia John Howard (we know, but wait for it) for a speech in which he broadly told Australian immigrants, particularly muslims, to either adapt to the Australian way of life or get out of the country. The message ends with a call for British citizens to get a bit of backbone, adopt the same outlook as Howard and forward the message on to other like-minded (should that be right-minded) individuals.

Yes, very good but John Howard lost the December 2007 general election in Australia, among other reasons because Australians are a lot more broad-minded than he is, and is no longer the prime minister. Like the Monty Python parrot he is an ex-prime minister.

All of which tends to confirm our impression that the people who circulate these emails are so out-of-touch that they ought to be locked up in a care home. (Except there are no care homes today because all the money was spent by the government looking for Saddam's weapons of mass destruction.)

Now I'm to play golf with Elvis.