On Roald Dahl day (the centenary of his birth) it’s amazing to think how many of his outlandish characters – only thinly disguised – are strutting the political stage today. The Grand High Witch (Lady Thatcher) has gone, but here’s a recognisable cast-list:
Boggis, Bunce and Bean from Fantastic Mr Fox, one short, one fat, one lean – our three Brexiteers, the seriously unfantastic Liam Fox, Boris Johnson and David Davis.
Willy Wonka, the weird, prancing racist from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory – a close fit for Nigel Farage.
The Oompa Loompas – the mindless 52 per cent who wait on his every word.
The bossy, foot-stamping Veruca Salt – step forward Theresa May.
Grandpa Joe in Charlie, an old fogey bedridden for years who suddenly comes to life – Jeremy Corbyn.
The fierce and uncompromising Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker in James & the Giant Peach – the Eagle sisters, Angela and Maria.
The endearing Miss Honey in Matilda – Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood.
The Twits – Michael Gove and Sarah Vine.
The BFG? Alas, they’re all pygmies today.
George’s Marvellous Medicine? Definitely not Osborne’s dose of austerity.
The Great Glass Elevator? It’s plummeted David Cameron down into Minusland.
And the future for the country under this wretched Tory government? Tales of the Unexpected . . .