Theresa May has referenced the Skwawkbox in a speech last night to the parliamentary press lobby.
May told the assembled journalists:
I’d be breaking rocks in John McDonnell’s re-education camp on the Isle of Man and you’d all be adjusting to a new reality too. Catching up with the latest government initiative, trailed exclusively to Skwawkbox, doing your best to keep on the right side of Press Commissar Milne… he’d be like a posh Alastair Campbell, but without the warm and cuddly side… But of course Jeremy Hunt would still be health secretary, obviously.
The ‘MSM’ playing catch-up to Skwawkbox exclusives? Almost unimaginable, surely.
May’s ‘jokes’ might betray her fear that her and the Tories’ days in power are coming to a close, though. Many a true word spoken in jest’ – and bookies are apparently offering odds of only 3-1 that she will be out of Downing Street by the end of this month, with 2-1 on a new General Election this year.
This makes twice that the Skwawkbox has featured in speeches by senior Tories to the press corps – although last time was less humorous. In autumn last year, then-First Secretary Damian Green smeared this blog in his speech to lobby journalists – then ducked the Skwawkbox’s challenge to his slur.
You might almost think we were an irritant to the government and its media allies.
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