Mrs Grumble has become disconcertingly fascinated with the Caribbean.
This has happened since The Boss announced the Government’s intention of opening a diplomatic post in Barbados.
She fancies Alf’s chances of being rewarded for his years of service to the National Party by being landed with the job of High Commissioner.
She has phoned Mrs Key – with whom she has more than a nodding acquaintance – to ask for the right words to be whispered into The Boss’s ear.
Alf is not so sure it’s a good idea. He isn’t quite ready to take the next step towards being put out to pasture, as Lockwood Smith was when he landed the London post earlier this year.