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“Hopefully this gets a Bafta for Best Comedy”: Newsnight viewers go wild for the resignation credits

news night Viewers have said the show should win a Bafta after replacing its end credits with a list of every past ministerial resignation, set to an acoustic version of “Bittersweet Symphony”.

As BBC One’s broadcast drew to a close, the list – made up of dozens of ministers and starting with Sajid Javid and Rishi Sunak – rolled across the screen. It ended with the words: “Boris Johnson – Prime Minister?”

The list was shown with London Grammar’s live version of The Verves’ Bittersweet Symphony played over it.

A clip of the show’s closing scene has since gone viral on Twitter, with one person posting: “Hopefully by the end of tonight news night gets a Bafta for Best Comedy.”

“Ok it’s been a long day but I just did it with the sound on and it really blew my mind,” added another.

A third wrote: “Holy shit this is beautiful.”

A fourth wrote the lyrics to the song, which seem to eerily describe Boris Johnson’s recent behavior: “No change, I can change/ I can change, I can change/ But I’m here in my shape/ I am here in my form / And I’m a million different people from one day to the next / I can’t change my form / No, no, no, no, no, no, no.

A fifth added: “Hilarious outro too news night breathy acoustic rendition of ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ as the names of resigning MPs roll out like obituaries above a black and white photograph of a pained-looking Boris Johnson.”

The Independent has contacted representatives from The Verve and London Grammar for comment on the use of the title.

This morning (7 July) Northern Ireland Minister Brandon Lewis handed in his resignation as the fourth cabinet minister, warning that the Tory party is now “past the point of no return”.

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The collapse in cabinet support follows the dual resignations of Chancellor Sunak and Health Secretary Javid in response to Johnson’s handling of misconduct allegations against former Deputy Chief Whip Chris Pincher, whom the Prime Minister promoted despite knowing of the claims.

Johnson on Wednesday night (July 6) sacked Housing Secretary Michael Gove for publicly urging him to resign, while Attorney General Suella Braverman – who remains in office – did the same and revealed ambitions to replace him as prime minister.

Johnson continued to resist calls from his own team to resign until last night, according to a senior ally who said he vowed to “keep fighting”.

Follow live updates on the resignations here.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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