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Aug. 8th, 2011

Theresa May is cutting short her holiday to take charge after two nights of rioting in London. This is necessary only because she, the Deputy Prime Minister and the PM himself had all gone away on holiday at the same time. (You get the sense that Clegg was told when he was going on holiday. “But I thought I might be in charge while… No. Right. Sorry.”)

The only cabinet member who seemed to be available to speak on behalf of the government over the weekend was Lynne Featherstone. Maybe this means she was technically in charge, a scenario that would surprise her almost as much as it would surprise everyone else.

This is clearly senior cabinet members teaching the country a harsh lesson. “Imagine if we were really shit at our jobs,” they’re saying. “Imagine if it never struck us to co-ordinate even at the most basic level. Then we’d all be in trouble. So, just think on.” I trust that we will do exactly that.


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Aug. 8th, 2011 12:06 pm (UTC)
These are the ministers, not the people in charge...
Aug. 8th, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC)
Lynne got promoted twice and no one told me? When was the reshuffle?

But yeah, it was a bit daft that all the senior types were away at once. And with some of the initial trouble being in Lynne's seat and all of it in her borough she'd have to be more careful than normal about what she says.
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