Boris Johnson has been in hot water for the past week over his Telegraph column which compared women in burqas to letter boxes, so it made sense for him to use the restorative powers of a hot drink to try and remove himself from trouble.
The beleaguered MP has been on holiday in Italy for most of the furore, where he has been able to dodge questions about his column. But since his return, reporters have been camped outside his UK home waiting for answers.
When he finally left the sanctuary of his house, the reporters could be forgiven for feeling mixed emotions. The former Foreign Secretary refused to any questions about the burqa, but did bring out tea for his pursuers:
‘I have nothing to say about this matter except to offer you some tea…’
Only Mr S wonders if Boris, having long enjoyed the pleasures of high office, is unused to doing the tea round. The former Foreign Secretary raised eyebrows by leaving the teabags in the deadly strong cups of tea he offered to reporters.