Andrea Leadsom recommends ‘liquidising kangaroo testicles’ as Westminster slides further into absurdity

Written by Nicholas Mairs on 3 October 2019 in Editorial
Editorial

Andrea Leadsom has told John Bercow that if he plans to eat a kangaroo’s testicles he should “liquidise” them.

In an intervention that few anticipated, the Business Secretary tweeted that were the Speaker intending to dish up the grey gonads, he should accompany them with "apple juice".

Ms Leadsom’s comment, which came just 28 days before the UK is due to leave the European Union, said the remedy would stop him from "choking" on them.

It comes a day after Boris Johnson claimed at the Conservative conference that if Parliament were a reality TV series, its MPs would have been “voted out” after failing to deliver Brexit.

Referring to the delicacy often thrust upon "I’m a Celebrity" contestants, the PM added that “at least we would have the consolation of watching the speaker being forced to eat a kangaroo testicle”.

Mr Bercow, who ploughed through Commons proceedings with a sore throat on Thursday, told MPs: "I want to take the opportunity to confirm to the House that the state of my throat, which is purely temporary, is not down to the consumption of a kangaroo’s testicle.

"I wouldn’t eat it, it would probably be poisoned.”

Hours later, amid hope that the gag had been laid to rest, Ms Leadsom tweeted at a parody account of the Speaker: "Get well soon @HoC_Speaker_MP! Next time if you try liquidising the kangaroo testicle (with a bit of apple juice) it shouldn’t get stuck in your throat...."

The exchange may be difficult to make much sense of, but does add a new dimension to the Brexiteer cry of "b*****s to Bercow".

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