There is, however, only one problem. By the time it would be made law, Labour will most likely be months away from opposition. About a hundred Tories would be swapping their second jobs for a ministerial income, paid on top of their MPS salary. And the people Harman's scheme would hit are the brighter Labour ex-ministers, who will be keen to line up directorships to replace their lost ministerial income. So a rearguard action is being fought against Harman. She is, of course a "flower of the aristocracy", as Alan Duncan rather wonderfully dubbed her in their debut exchange last week. She is rich enough not to need a second job. Hence the resentment of by the wisely nervous labour ministers, whose minds are turning towards pending unemployment.