Diane Abbott’s Frontbench Greatest Hits

In the funniest reshuffle news since Norman Baker was given access to the Home Office, Guido is raising a glass this lunchtime to the career of Diane Abbott. Ed has sacked his bungling Shadow Health Minister in a move that will no doubt be described as ‘playing divide and rule’.

So goodbye Diane, thank you for the laughs.

It’s been a bumpy frontbench career that nearly came to an end in early 2012 when she ranted that “white people love playing divide and rule”. And who can forget the time that as shadow public health minister, she called someone “demented”. The time she campaigned for a Nazi Labour councillor. The time she said Murdoch was worse than Gaddafi. The time she slept through a meeting of a cross-party group on abortion.The time she flew to Venezuela to oversee her pal Chavez’s election win. The time she was paid £300 to talk about obesity. The time her Question Time prep notes were leaked. And of course, the time she finally admitted she was a loon:

So many memories.

The inevitable comedy bid for Mayor of London will have trouble gaining traction with that crucial cabby demographic, who Abbott said were all racist.

Good luck!

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