Sunday lunch in the Gummer household must have been a frosty affair last weekend. Bogof wonders if, as they tucked into their beef on the bone (free of SRM, naturally), whether son Felix chatted to Tory MP dad John about the 549-page green report - Blueprint for a Green Economy - that he and Zac Goldsmith had issued that week.
Their Quality of Life group proposed that supermarkets be forced to charge customers for parking and that a ban on below-cost selling and a tougher code of practice be introduced - none of which will have gone down well with Felix, who works in Tesco's corporate affairs department. "We had no intention of trying to intimidate the council," he told the Chard & Ilminster News in March when it ran a story about accusations that Tesco had tried to bully the council into approving a planning application. "We are extremely sorry for any disruption it is causing," he said in the Evening Leader last month when it told how residents of Holywell were angry that the closing of an underpass while a new Tesco was being built meant residents had to cross a dangerous road.
And now Gummer senior has stepped in to keep his son even busier. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer, they say. Well they don't come much closer than your dad, do they?