Every so often you see a political performance that transcends time and place and will be ingrained in the memory forever: not necessarily for the right reasons. Thursday October 18, 2012, 10.30am, was one of those moments.
The venue, House of Commons. The star of the show; John Hayes, newly-installed energy minister.
No matter that Hayes was defending a policy shambles – over energy tariffs – that has been unravelling by the second.
This was a masterclass in rhetoric to rival Boris Johnson or even, in the words of the Speaker, the great orator Demosthenes himself.
Even one Labour observer admitted it was one of the most watchable performances he had seen in the Commons.
Hayes had been handed a dog’s breakfast but presented it to Parliament as if it was the most sumptious of platters. Read more