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Ministerial Soap by Phillip Sheahan

“Imagine the perfect marriage of ‘The Archers’ with the Shipping Forecast.” The PM nodded sagely as the Minister explained the Think Tank’s solution to the Covid communications problem. “Set in ‘Happiville’, our Covid advice will be ‘scientifically flexible’ and free to ‘evolve’ within ... a storyline.”

“It’s a soap!”

“Very perceptive, Prime Minister. What could be more sanitising than soap, issued twice daily, preceded by a siren?”

"Rather ‘nanny state’, isn’t it?"

“More ‘teddy bear’ state. Growly but cuddly.”

The PM mused. “Is there a part in this... soap... for a baby?”

“Of course, Prime Minister. You have someone in mind?”



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