A week may be a long time in politics, but it isn’t even a career in the post-Brexit, Alice in Wonderland world of Westminster when the life expectancy of a shadow cabinet post is barely numbered in hours.
On Monday, the newly appointed shadow Education Secretary, Pat Glass, said it was her ‘dream job’, but by yesterday her position was ‘untenable’. (I’ve no idea who she is/was either)
The daily news bulletins look more and more like episodes of The Thick Of It, except that the Labour Party doesn’t appear to have a Malcolm Tucker to guide the hapless Jeremy Corbyn who is doing his best Nicola Murray impersonation when he ordered the Sky TV cameras out of the room so he could rearrange his new team of nonentities. And we’ve hardly started on the Boris vs Teresa vs Michael ‘Note to self: be my stubborn best’ Gove battle for the Tory Party.
It’s appropriate then that I’ve spent the last week working my way through my boxed set of The Thick Of It which I usually do at moments of political crisis. I’ve always maintained that it is as much documentary as it is a comedy and the ‘life imitating art’ moments above tend to bear that out. In fact, I doubt if even Armando Iannucci could have dreamed this lot up and would have been laughed out of the script conference if he had.
But then we don’t really need Iannucci’s creations anymore. All we have to do is switch on News at Six.
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