When their big act phoned in sick just before his performance, organisers of a church concert in Maldon in Essex thought they were going to have to disappoint the packed audience.
But, hearing of their dilemma, up stepped their painter and decorator John Pierce. A bit of a risk? Not at all!
John wowed the audience with his performance - so much so, they have asked him back for an encore next year.
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John Whittingdale should withdraw from his role regulating the press, the shadow culture secretary said.
Labour's Maria Eagle said for the public to have "any confidence" in the Government's approach to press regulation then Culture Secretary Mr Whittingdale should step aside from any decision making.
Everyone is entitled to a private life
However, these revelations raise serious questions about why the Secretary of State has reneged on the Government's promise to deliver the cross-party agreement on Leveson when this is something he was previously committed to as chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.
In order for the public to have any confidence in the Government's approach to press regulation and to allay any concerns about perceptions of any undue influence, the Secretary of State must now recuse himself from any decision making over this matter, just as Vince Cable was removed from deciding media policy in the last Parliament.
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