I do love a good story like this one.
Minister Gerry Sutcliffe has bet his shirt on one of the fiercest rivalries in world sport: Britain v Australia.
The sports minister promised to wear the Old Enemy’s green and gold if Team GB is beaten in the Beijing Olympic medals table. Meanwhile, his Australian counterpart is offering to don red, white and blue if Britain does better.
In 2004 Australia won 49 medals and GB 30. A government spokesman said: “Green is not really Gerry’s colour.”
Finally, a “feel good” story from Labour. Makes a change.