The real, private, views of several local MPs on one important subject have not been published.
The topic is whether Prime Minister Gordon Brown is an asset or a downright hazard to their chances of holding on to their seats at the general election.
Four local Labour MPs are shown in the photograph (top left) that was concocted, sorry given out to factual news outlets, in September 2007. The image depicts them standing in front of construction works at Tameside Hospital.
The odd one out, in respect of letting their views known about the Prime Minister, is Mr Purnell. After giving a refreshingly frank assessment, he then resigned from the government in a rare display - for a politician of any party - of courage and honesty.