Scene: an indoor gathering at which the local Labour MP, a professional politician and former public relations executive is present. An Ordinary Citizen has just asked the MP a question to which comes the following pat reply.
Labour right-winger [smugly]: We have to be a credible party of government.
Ordinary Citizen: But you’re not in government. You’re the official opposition.
Labour right-winger: Yes, but we need to be a credible opposition.
Ordinary Citizen: Make up your mind, I thought you said you had to be a credible party of government.
Labour right-winger [indignantly]: Stop harassing me.
Ordinary Citizen [puzzled expression]: Huh? I’m not harassing you.
Labour right-winger [feigned vexation]: Did you just threaten to kill me? I’m phoning the police!
Ordinary Citizen [rolls eyes and sighs]: I’m going for a pint. Have a nice day.
Labour right-winger: Now you’re threatening my family!
Ordinary Citizen walks off to the sound of the Labour right-winger ranting about ‘Trots’, ‘Militant’ and ‘entryists’.