• We hear little from Voldemort Lansley these days, but his legacy endures. Clinicians all confused. Management consultants cashing in. And then there is the appointment of Professor Malcolm Grant, provost of University College London, to chair of the new NHS commissioning board. We have high hopes of the prof. For one thing, he can apparently be shouty. He's been accused of browbeating – an allegation denied – during a fiery meeting earlier this month concerning employment rights. Grant said he chaired the meeting "less diplomatically than I would have wished". He's blunt. Show us your passion for the NHS, said MPs. "Come on, what do you want me to say?" he replied. "I find it difficult to demonstrate because I am not a patient of the NHS." What else do we know of him, apart from the fact that he does not avail himself of private healthcare? Well, he is a board member of the Institute for Security & Resilience Studies, affiliated to UCL – the body launched by Tony Blair this week amid anti-war protests. It's advised by a motley collection of former police types and spooks. Your life in his hands. Rejoice.
• A worrying week in prospect, meanwhile, for Josephine Siedlecka, editor of the website Independent Catholic News. She's been given seven days by the high court to name the author of a letter published anonymously on the site. The letter, which appeared on 3 October and has since been removed, is alleged to have defamed Philip Esler, principal of St Mary's University College in south-west London, and two other members of its management. In their pursuit of the letter writer's identity, the plaintiffs obtained a Norwich Pharmacal order, the device recently deployed to unmask trolls on Facebook. Brewers Interbrew famously attempted to use the sledgehammer that is the Norwich Pharmacal order to extract a source from the Guardian, among others. On that occasion, the European court of human rights said we need not comply. The plaintiffs are resolute, but at the same time Siedlecka has said that she is willing to go to prison to keep the author's name secret. The fact that the plaintiffs run a college that includes a journalism training facility seems of little comfort right now.
• Quite separate from that matter, we have had reason to mention St Mary's in recent weeks, amid concern about its continued listing of fugitive priest Laurence Soper as an honorary fellow, alongside the likes of Delia Smith, Rabbi Lionel Blue and Thought for the Day stalwart Clifford Longley. Staff and students have been uneasy about it for a while. Soper is wanted by the authorities investigating paedophilia. What's going on, we asked the college yesterday. And at last, sanity prevails. "We're changing the page," said a spokeswoman. If Soper objects, he can always touch base.
• Perhaps the problem was communication. It happens. It's been happening in the military. "Military speak is a code of acronyms and jargon that's designed to exclude – and it works," defence secretary Philip Hammond tells Total Politics. He was a stranger in his own land until he sought counsel from a friendly American general. Salvation. When anyone uses an acronym, he was told, insist they spell out what it stands for because "in nine cases out of 10, they'll have forgotten and be made to look stupid". Hammond's happy; "It worked," he says.
• Finally, after Wednesday's goal against England, which is being described as the best ever seen, everyone's talking about the 6ft 5in Swedish wonder striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. But in France, where he plays club football, soccer's artful version of Conan the Barbarian was already the hottest property. After a week at Paris St Germain, he had his first training-ground fracas. Within a month he had his own puppet on the French equivalent of Spitting Image. By last week the editor of a leading French dictionary was being implored to include the verb "zlataner" – to dominate or destroy. President Hollande, having done well in a press conference, was said to have "zlataned" it. Awaited now, the French release of Zlatan's autobiography. True followers will seize it roughly from the shelves. Some may read it, others will rip it in half and throw it away.