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Was the Thick of It a comedy or a documentary series? Sometimes, moments from Armando Ianucci’s political satire come to resemble real life so much that it’s hard to tell.
Since the Sue Gray report was published on Wednesday, people have been returning to a scene from the show which has parallels with one of the most revealing parts of the findings.
The long-awaited report attacked “a serious failure” to abide by the “standards expected of the entire British population” during the Covid pandemic.
It stated that “too little thought” was given “the risks they presented to public health and how they might appear to the public” and that “there were failures of leadership and judgment by different parts of No 10 and the Cabinet Office at different times.”
However, one of the most telling parts detailed “unacceptable” incidents involving cleaning staff and revealed how one member of them had to scrub red wine from a wall after a raucous Christmas party that violated Covid restrictions.
\u201cFrom Sue Gray\u2019s Report: The Thick of It - Ben gets angry at the cleaner https://t.co/vQdNbLtQjW via @YouTube\u201d
\u201cThere's an episode of The Thick of It where Jamie has to calm down a cleaner in a government building who has been shouted at by officials. Everyday that show is closer and closer to a documentary.\u201d
\u201cThe Sue Gray report reminds me of that bit in The Thick of It when everyone in Number 10 treats the cleaner like trash until she mentions going to the media, and then they all start begging.\u201d