Ali Kordan, who became interior minister in August, was toppled after he tried to prove his suitability for the job by claiming to be an Oxonian. To support his boast, Mr Kordan flourished a certificate purporting to show that Oxford had awarded him an “Honorary Doctorate in Law”.This garbled document, riddled with typing errors and misspellings, supposedly carried the signatures of three Oxford professors. Using convoluted English, the certificate commended Mr Kordan for his “great effort” in “preparing educational materials” and for “research in the domain of comparative law that has opened a new chapter”.All three professors whose forged signatures appear on the semi-literate document have indeed held posts at Oxford. But Mr Kordan had not troubled to check that they were lawyers. None of them were, said the University, adding that “none of them would sign degree certificates”.