It’s panto time
Amidst the gravity of the five day Brexit debate the House of Commons got into the Christmas spirit by staging another
pantomime. After her distinctly
unamusing prologue the Prime Minster invited cabinet members to explore their
political futures by making a pitch for her job. Gove, Raab, Javid – and a few ex-Ministers
like Johnson – in effect asked ‘where’s my political career’, to be greeted by
catcalls from around the House of ‘It’s behind you’. Then as the debate proper got underway, MPs
from across the House rose to declare ‘We’re leaving the EU.’ At which point another Honourable Member
would rise to respond ‘Oh no we’re not.’
I’m tempted to record the appearance of Mesdames Leadsom and McVey as
the Ugly Sisters but that’s not acceptable in this day and age. So perhaps there is a role in Vaudeville for
Gove and Johnson… Westminster
Like many I have been puzzled by the exact meaning of this year’s May trope, replacing last year’s ‘strong and stable’: the new one is ‘very clear’, or some variant thereon. Then I realised it’s actually a synonym for ‘mendacious’. Listen to any of her recent speeches and you’ll see what I mean.
I’ve finished the last two years’ Christmas posts with the hope that the next will be an improvement, but it hasn’t worked, so let’s try: hoping that next year is even shittier. You never know, it might work.