“I was in a band many years ago as a teenager with (the other) Phil Collins, Tony Blair’s speechwriter and now Times columnist.
“It was mainly covers, The Undertones, The Who, The Jam (he was a massive fan, complete with bowling shoes). He played bass, did backing vocals and wrote some songs. The one song he wrote I remember was Jumble Sale, with the lyrics ‘The women are fighting to buy jumpers for 5p / Forget the jumble sale, this is World War III’.
“We did one gig and then split.”