The chaos infecting Theresa May’s non-government seems to have spread to Downing Street’s systems.
The SKWAWKBOX’s attempts to call the Downing Street duty political press officer this evening met with a bizarre pre-recorded message about compensation claims for telecom giant O2’s recent data issues – with the call automatically terminating on multiple occasions before a human being could eventually be reached;
Once the switchboard answered and the call was transferred to the duty press officer, only a civil service press officer was available because all political advisers have left with May to fly first to the Netherlands, then Berlin, then Brussels for her desperate attempt to salvage something from the wreckage of her dismal withdrawal agreement.
A switchboard operator declined to confirm that the switchboard had been swamped by misplaced calls to O2, but clearly the problem was of significant scale for the pre-recorded message about it to be the first thing played to callers expecting to get the PM’s office before simply cutting them off.
When Jeremy Corbyn told the Commons today that the government is in disarray, it seems he was even more accurate than he knew.
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