A Bit of Sly and Laurie

Hugh Laurie on what Dickens would have made of Brexit

Hugh Laurie didn’t want to pollute Dickens’ legacy with Corridor’s cheeky question about what the great author – a former parliamentary sketch writer – would make of Brexit. “Oh, stop. [Laughing] Stop that at once”, he told us. “Well he would I’m sure write a coruscating indictment of the political establishment, and by the end of chapter one he’d have to tear up the whole thing and start again. It’s all moving too fast. Just in the time we’ve been standing here, probably six Cabinet ministers have resigned and the Americans have declared war on I-don’t-know-who. It’s happening too fast for a novelist anyway”. Prescient stuff. This was weeks before Trump took out Iran’s top general.

31st January 2020