Sleepy people causing problems at work

I have a rather uncharacteristic soft spot for posh erstwhile politician Michael Portillo. And so it was that last night saw me watching him present an episode of current affairs stalwart Horizon entitled “How violent are you?”

In Portillo’s case, the answer was ‘not very’, but the programme certainly gave me food for thought. The main experiment saw him spend 60 hours in the company of two screeching mechanical babies (the kind used to teach teenagers that motherhood means more than a council house). My heart went out to the man – by the end of it, he was physically and emotionally drained, and verging on paranoia.

Portillo’s most telling comment was that he was doing nothing that millions of other parents don’t do before heading off to work every morning. It was worrying to watch him struggle through a day’s