OKAY, I admit that was a bit of a shock to the system. GB called five minutes ago and the bottom line is… hello again, back bench!
More later, once I’ve had a chance to ruminate.
UPDATE at 9.40 pm: Carolyn reckons she’s worked out the reasoning behind my sacking. She’s just drawn my attention to a strapline on BBC News that says: “Brown: We need serious people for serious times.”