I remember when twitter first took the piss out of J*c*b R**s-M*gg. I think he'd posted some photograph outside a shop that sported a Vote Labour poster in 2017, with a caption about how he'd be "taking his custom elsewhere" or some bollocks, anyway he looked like a twerp, and twerps are good currency on twitter, especially among comedians, so my timeline was full of him. The following day however I realised I hadn't been looking closely enough: the shop was a tattoo parlour. It was a joke. And the Sun, the Mail, and BBC2's "The Daily Politics" I remember, all heralded M*gg as a darling of the internet. And they were right.
And now he's Prime Minister, and the other one's Leader of the House, having both taken private meetings with Trump's former strategist Steve Bannon, a self-confessed white supremacist who understood, as none before, the unprecedented lift a tidal wave of publicity can give a candidate who looks like they don't give two fucks about political process, even if - and this is something that had clearly never occurred to Johnson before - it's a wave of outrage.
And tonight, a new British Government lost its first vote. And Johnson might call an election, positioning his Government very specifically now as anti-Parliamentary. And M*gg is lounging on the front bench, literally, and all over my internet again. Trending. And it's all very Bannon.
So really what I'm saying is, until we're absolutely sure M*gg isn't going to be this country's Trump let's maybe, actually, not look at him. Do nothing to build the wave he looks so sure is coming to lift him. Just in case.Ta. Here's yer moment of Zen:
(Thanks to David Reed for the tip.)