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Long live Ant and Dec, political saviors can hardly defeat Boris

I assuming the question is not if Ant and Dec will become the political conscience of the nation, but when. They are a northern power of two with broad partisan support and a tireless sense of public mood, and not just when they are watching a vote by phone. They clearly have a strong sense of left and right (Ant is always on the left, to the viewer). They have suffered for decades in the public eye and have gone through some tough times remaining as beloved as ever. Politicians aspire to these qualities.

So far, however, Ant and Dec have kept their political cards reasonably close to their chests. Light entertainers and politicians have traditionally enjoyed a loyal clientele. It is the unwritten parallel of the separation of powers between the legislative and the judicial. Distance is based on mutual respect and recognition that the nation depends on these two pillars of power. Politicians have long known that one side cannot exist without the other, and that losing either would be to plunge the country into anarchy.

But it’s a delicate balance, and even light entertainers have limits. In 2011, Matt Baker Memorably crossed a line above The One Show. He and David Cameron enjoyed classic afternoon chinwag, musing about royal weddings and whether an owl or cat would make a better encourager. Baker waited his moment before pounced and asked, “Very soon, how the hell do you sleep at night?” Cameron, obviously confused, replied that he slept well, but the damage was done. Baker’s steel is even harder because it is hidden in a layer of fluff.

This year, something inside Ant and Dec has clearly broken. Maybe it’s because there’s a light entertainer, Boris Johnson, on the big chair. If the one person best known for hosting shows is the literal prime minister, why not Ant and Dec, who don’t bow to anyone in their skill with an advertisement. little fox in a scripted link? They looked at the British political situation and thought to themselves: “Why, I have had it so far. This means worry. “All through the current series of I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here!, they satirically nibbled on the prime minister’s heel. Last week, when David Ginola was appointed camp leader, Dec asked his co-presenter what a leader did. “Well, they’re looking duller and duller, giving their partners light chores and quite a bit to make up for as they go along.” Grinning for the camera like a cheeky sniper, Dec added: “Evening, Prime Minister.”

Hostilities have escalated this week. They hunted Boris Johnson over his handling of alleged parties out of 10 last Christmas. On Tuesday, December, referring to a party in I’m a celebrity castle, said: “This party does not include cheese and wine, or a secret Santa. Hello, Prime Minister… now! ” On Wednesday, they followed up with much the same thing.

Ant and Dec are creating the impression of entertainers who have experienced many attitudes towards public speaking. For most of their magically long career, they have kept their advice, the good experts. Now suddenly, this. Their former prudence makes their intervention all the more powerful. There are signs other light entertainers are paying attention. On Friday morning, Alison Hammond, who had the loudest laugh on television, tweeted that she would be applying for a job as prime minister.

Where will it stop? If Arnold Schwarzenegger can be governor of California, there’s no reason why Philip Schofield can’t be health secretary. Ed Balls and Michael Portillo have shown that politicians can enjoy a happy afterlife as light entertainers; perhaps we should expect TV presenters to seek elected office. Anyone who claims they want Priti Patel to make the decision rather than Dermot O’Leary, is fooling themselves. Everything we look for in a politician – fairness, a sense of the audience’s moods, the ability to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances – abounds in TV presenters. direct.

There is a precedent for this awakening. For years, football players were also encouraged to keep a (long, looped) sock when it came to politics. In the case of some footballers, such as Peter Shilton, who spent 35 years making up for the lack of reaction when Maradona was on the rise, that was perhaps for the best. But others, especially Marcus Rashford, have realized that with millions of devoted supporters following them on social media, they no longer have to depend on intermediaries. Rashford forced the government to make a series of flips. Now that Ant and Dec have had enough, you won’t bet on Boris surviving any longer. They’re celebrities, and they’re going to get him out of there.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/features/ant-dec-boris-johnson-im-a-celebrity-b1973779.html Long live Ant and Dec, political saviors can hardly defeat Boris

Emma Bowman

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