Mrs Crackenthorpe's Diary
Everyone needs a spot of humour during the darkest of days. With the world dangling on the brink of nuclear obliteration, Mrs C more than ever appreciates the break from existential despair a dose of gossip can provide. And, as ever, there is plenty to go around.
While Mad Vlad has been busy terrorising Ukraine, the weird and wonderful inhabitants of SW1 have continued with their usual scurrilous antics. Amid devastation and despair abroad, here’s what’s provided some much-needed comic relief for Mrs C.
If ever there were an event to raise spirits in Westminster it would no doubt be the lobbying bonanza that is the British Kebab Awards. Those not urgently engaged in facilitating Putin’s destruction were dressed to impressed at the illustrious ceremony, where the Kremlin and kebabs were talk of the evening. Mrs C admired the bravery and courage of one West Country Tory MP who remarked that he’d love to head out to the Ukrainian front line as a “welcome break from my kids”.
In an admission that Mrs C wholeheartedly agrees with, one (single) Labour MP attending the awards professed their deep attraction to man of the moment, Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The MP made clear that should the war hero ever find himself out of love with his wife, they are ready and willing to step into her shoes. Slava Ukraini!
As the Russians continue to wage an information war on Western enemies, Mrs C was both bemused and highly concerned to hear that a call has gone round from the Cabinet Office informing staff to remove details of their security clearance level from their social media profiles. Which begs the question: who would do that?
As a lover of all things learning and literature, Mrs C was delighted to hear that a brand-new book club is due to pop up in SW1. One Steve Baker plans to bring a little joy to the world with a club for parliamentary staffers focusing on classic liberal and libertarian texts. Sessions will take place once a month in Steve’s office, with attendees reading and discussing the opening choice of Principles of a Free Society. “The book club won’t be a big commitment, only a few chapters reading for each session,” Tory staffers have been assured. Mrs C thinks she’ll give this one a pass.
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