Rachael Bletchly – Chaos in the Commons ‘is a shameful pantomime’
I heard some cultural expert on the radio banging on about “the theatre of parliament”.
The chaos in the Commons this week had him gushing about Greek tragedy, Shakespeare and West End drama.
“Macbeth springs to mind,” he droned, “Boris Johnson has finally achieved a version of the World King he’s always wanted to be, with Dominic Cummings, his shadowy aide at No10, as a kind of Lady Macbeth.”
Then he said Nicholas Soames was the ghost of Hamlet’s father and Ken Clarke was like a character from Richard II.
Great theatre? Oh no it wasn’t!
What we saw this week was a pathetic parliamentary pantomime .
The Commons was like a backwater theatre packed with a troupe of appalling am-dramers taking on fairytale roles and trying to steal the limelight with shameless posturing.
And those who refused to stick to the script were kicked off stage into the stalls.
But the script kept changing, because the cast couldn’t decide what the story was or which characters they were playing. Was it Dick Whittington? With Boris as World King Rat, Corbyn as “Turn again” Dick and Brexit about to make everyone else Hardup?
Or Cinderella? Plenty of Ugly Sisters and repeated warnings about leaving the party on the stroke of midnight, October 31st?
Corbyn clearly thought they were doing Snow White, accusing Boris of being the Wicked Queen offering a general election like a poisoned apple.
No, hang on… it was The Emperor’s New Clothes. Because Boris’s Brexit policy is “a cloak of mystery – hiding the fact there really is absolutely nothing there.” And, as this useless bunch of amateurs yelled and sniped, Jacob Rees-Mogg ignored everyone else and decided to play Sleeping Beauty.
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