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From Strictly to Westminster – the week shrouded in wrong decision

So let's talk about Strictly Come Dancing. It has been almost a week since competition front runners Aston Merrygold and Janette Manrara were told to cha cha cha off the hugely popular BBC dancing programme so I hope wounds have had time to heal.

The duo, now infamous for dressing up as a pair of trolls, found themselves in the bottom two after their street-style Viennese Waltz failed to impress the judges on Saturday night and then on 'Sunday', to gasps of astonishment, it was announced they were going to have to dance it off against pop star Mollie King and her partner AJ.

There was a sense that Aston and Jeanette had already planned out their final show dance and their winner's celebratory lift, but now we will never know just how many of Aston's back flips either would have involved.

When the judges decided to put Mollie through to the next show instead of Aston, social media exploded with outrage, interestingly by enough people to probably have saved him from having to go through the process of the dance off in the first place, if only they had picked up their phones to vote not Tweet.

But this is where Strictly Come Dancing has shot itself in the foot, if you will. After declaring several years ago that the couple to leave the show was absolutely, definitely the couple who performed worst in the dance off and absolutely, definitely not, the judge's favourites, the judges had no option but to save Mollie and AJ over Aston and Jeanette because they performed better on the night.

Was it the overall best result for anyone who wants to tune in on a Saturday night and see some cracking dancing – absolutely not, but come on, what we have learnt as a society over the past few months is that rule bending will never be tolerated, everyone must be treated equally – and if that means we must all suffer and watch what will now be a second rate competition, then so be it. And at least it clears the way for Debbie McGee to win – because there is absolutely, definitely not any kind of fix.

And then as if life were imitating art – as they say – we had another stonker of a bad decision coming out of the world of politics this week, which saw International Development Secretary Priti Patel forced into handing in her resignation over failing to be candid about her dealings with Israel whilst Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson miraculously managed to hold onto his job, again.

It is quite incredible that a man who quite clearly has his sights set on the top political prize with no intention of giving anything back to his country on the way up is still allowed to operate as an MP never mind as Foreign Minister.

It really does beg the question quite what it would take for him to actually be reprimanded by Mrs May, because quite frankly if potentially sentencing a British woman to serve another five years in prison because it was all just a little too tiresome for him to open a file and find out something about her isn't enough, then I just give up. Make him Prime Minister and we can all call it a day and go home.

And then to Theresa May. Well every cloud as they say – because despite the fact her Government is falling apart around her she now has a waxwork at Madame Tassauds – hooray - and cue a thousand jokes about how the waxwork would probably do a better job etc. etc.

I think the most unfortunate aspect of the waxwork's setting at the museum is, in Madame Tussaud's words, they have decided to position her 'leaving' No 10 Downing Street. Not just popping out for a latte or a browse round Harvey Nicks, but leaving. Is it an omen we all exclaim? Chance would be a fine thing. She looks like holding on until the next election mate.

So onwards and upwards and it looks like Brexit could be back on the table next week as Theresa is feeling pressure from businesses to actually start outlining what they can expect once we leave the EU because otherwise they are going to start drawing up plans for the worst case scenario – cliff edge, no deal Brexit.


But actually, before I go, there is some good news on Brexit. Yesterday (Thursday) Theresa and her cronies decided to add an amendment to the front of the Brexit Bill. Where there was once a blank space they have now added the date and time we will be officially leaving the EU - 11pm on the 29th March 2019 – to show their commitment to the cause they say. Well isn't that just, marvellous.

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