Not content in banning Britain’s most popular living painter from their Most Popular Painting competition, the BBC now continue their vendetta by inviting BBC News readers to do their own Vettriano. This stems from the story that his most expensive painting, The Singing Butler, looks swiped from an art manual. And good luck to him say I. Making three quarters of a million from re-interpretting a dull photo into a soaring work of romanticism* is a grand thing.

*I may not actually believe this.