Whatever the outcome of the election, it’s nice to see that
Whitehall’s PR chiefs still have a sense of humour.
Last week’s Taskforce revue - played in the Department of Health’s media
suite and starring the Government Information Service’s finest wits -
left few political turns unstoned.
To the bars of Hello Young Lovers, as tinkled by ex-COI director Mike
Bowtell, Angela Rea, deputy director of publicity at the DoH gave a
stirring portrayal of Virginia Bottomley singing ’Hello young mothers,
we’re after your vote’ at the Tatton Working Men’s Club.
In the Romologue, Romola Christopherson, DoH press and publicity
director, did a splendid impersonation of a barrow boy selling a carpet
cleaner cum ’affordable, quick fix policy kit’. The kit, she revealed to
the packed audience of hacks and civil servants had ’brushes which sweep
everything under the carpet and revolving sponges which can go into
reverse spin and change out of campaigning mode to governing mode
without the need to double de-clutch’.
Meanwhile, in ’Pulling a Slow One’, a silk dressing gowned Jack Murray,
COI publications director, gave an inkling of life to come for new term
To the tune of Congratulations, Murray crooned: ’Procrastination,
prevarication, these are arts you have to practice in Whitehall.
’Deliberation, meditation are indispensable when learning how to
However, it was the finale that said it all. As the pianist played
There’ll Always be an England and the lights shone on the Union Jack,
the sextet sang, with feeling: ’There’s no doubt when they’re thrown out
who really runs the show’.