The ban on government activity during pre-election purdah is a mixed blessing, according to Obiter’s favourite justice minister, Lord Keen of Elie QC.

The upside, he told a City of London audience at the unveiling of the LawTech Delivery Panel’s statement on cryptoassets and smart contracts, is that ‘my officials couldn’t draft me a speech for you’. He confined himself to a brief word of thanks – in particular that the panel’s working group managed to do its job in only 46 pages.

The downside? ‘I had to walk here this morning.’ Presumably not from his home in Edinburgh.

Hey ho, only two and a bit weeks to go…