In the time its taken to write this title, my auntie’s budgerigar Jeremy has also come forward to claim personal credit for the success of the London challenge.
I was sitting in a parked car with three friends, two of which were having a ‘cat-fight’ of a confab regarding the London Challenge. One was adamant that Lord Adonis should wear the laurels for its reported success while the other agreed with Fiona Millars’ comments, (please don’t sue me for copyright Fiona):
‘As you must know, delivery is all in education. I am not sure it was Adonis’ idea ( although I have noticed that he is very good at taking credit for just about everything) but anyone can come up with a whizzy new idea. Making it work demands leadership and effective implementation. London Challenge was a credit to the ministers concerned from the start, but more importantly to Sir Tim Brighouse who drove it through and then David Woods who succeeded him.
I have spoken to both at great length about why it worked I think they would both challenge the S o S’s interpretation and that of some people on this site. I am inclined to believe them rather than the armchair experts who are now using LC’s undoubted success for their own political ends.’
The remaining two of us were occupied speaking to an American friend on an open cellphone, trying to arrange a Hen night. This phone conversation became all rather muddled due to solar wind interference and Lord Adonis’ name being continually screeched in the background. So much so that my American friend became confused and thought that Lord Adonis was an English version of the famous American male troupe dance act ‘The Chippendales’. Let’s hope she doesn't book ‘Lord Adonis’ for the Hen night.
So what is the truth regarding the London Challenge? Should we believe that it’s all down to Adonis and Gove and tippex out Tim Brighouse’s work? Well, it wasn't any of them anyway. It was all me and I take full credit for the London Challenge success, for I am Spartacus!