Pickles with everything

Eric Pickles seems to be everywhere at the moment. (He’s Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government  – Yorkshire accent, sharp tongue. It’s like coming across one of your fillings in a mouthful of golden syrup.) There he is on the radio having a sly dig at Vince Cable. There he is on Question Time saying he’s changed his mind about gay marriage. According to the Mail on Sunday, he was ‘dead-panning’ at the annual parliamentary ‘Palace of Varieties’ charity show last week. You do wonder, really, how he copes with such a punishing schedule. Does the poor man ever have time to eat? For some reason, he reminds me of the Caterpillar in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Slow, ponderous, destined for better things. Although I don’t believe he’ll ever turn into a butterfly.

 (llustration by John Tenniel)

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