Mandy turning down Strictly is a reilef for domestic staff

COMMENT: Our public services can only take so much

What on earth has Ann Widdicombe started?

Having been hauled, hoisted and manhandled in the name of dance, she seems to have inspired Vince Cable to try his luck on a Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special.

The Business Secretary – a keen hoofer by all accounts – leapt at the chance to appear. However, his predecessor, Lord Mandelson of Almost Everywhere You Can Think Of, declined the opportunity.

This will have come as a considerable relief to the domestic staff at the BBC, who would have had the unenviable task of cleaning up the slimy trail left across the dance floor.

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