In a lucid moment, you would be forgiven for thinking that everything going on in UK politics today must surely be some kind of parody account of something far more serious and well-intended that is going on.
Pin the tail on the donkey is the best way to define your chances of finding a story about politicians or about what they doing that makes sense. Even if you win, you will find yourself located on the ass end.
The Prime Minister has been writhing around in public more than normal, apparently trying to work out how any of us could possibly believe he has done anything wrong.
Faced with a PMQs showdown with Keir Starmer – who is only looking good right now because the truth has found light about who Boris really is – our now impressively out of touch PM decided to resort to using the failure of the Crown Prosecution Service to prosecute Jimmy Savile when the Labour Leader was Director of Public Prosecutions as a way to claw back some points.
The validity of the story doesn’t matter and is itself the best example of hypocrisy at work, given that the question over a leader falling on his sword for the behavior of his staff has already been shown by Boris’ record to be a principle that doesn’t work.
It was of course never the point. The reason Boris went digging – or more likely got his advisors to go digging for some kind of dirt or accusation that carried with it an element of truth that would stick, was that it would serve to take the spotlight off him and the answers that he himself gave.
Politicians are people and people only call names, start digging the dirt and start spinning fantasies that contain judge the smallest of truths when they have big holes or have no confidence in the validity of the stories or policies of their own.
Worryingly for us all, this is not a phenomenon that is restricted to Boris Johnson alone. In fact, it is a way of working, of being and of doing that has become endemic at all levels of British Politics.
We literally have a political culture that exists and survives on the basis not of doing everything the right way, but by making everyone else wrong.